the birds and the bees

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 29 11:08:16 UTC 2011

Until I read that, I didn't know that flowers could be so thoughtfully

I just thought they were horny.


On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:19 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at> quoted:
> > 1887 Emma Marwedel _Conscious Motherhood_ (Chicago: Interstate) 283:
> > Another resemblance to the human family I will mention. All little
> children
> > have papas and mammas, you know, and so have all flower babies. It is
> true,
> > these vegetable parents usually resemble each other more exactly than
> human
> > papas and mammas do, but sometimes they are even more different from each
> > other in appearance than are your own dear papa and mamma. Sometimes,
> > indeed, the flower papa lives on an entirely separate tree, or bush, from
> > the flower mamma, as in the date-palm and others; but when he does, he is
> > always _sending_ her _love messages and gifts by the birds and the bees_.
> Thank you, Jon. Heretofore, the allusion was a complete mystery to me.
> Now, I can die knowing more than I knew, before.
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