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Marco M. Pardi QoD:

by on June 21, 2021

I don’t need to pick the flowers to enjoy the garden.”


From → Quote of the Day

  1. Dana permalink

    Thanks for posting these quotes, V. I’ve enjoyed reading them, and always look forward to the next.


  2. Dana permalink

    Marco, when you have a moment could you provide some context for this quote? I’m curious about the origin. Thank you!


  3. Thanks, Dana. My response is: Wow! Apparently Vampirella has excellent sources. I do remember saying this, because the context was so offensive. In the mid-1970’s I was an early 30’s tenured – and recently divorced – professor at a state college. The co-ed student body was predominantly female, ranging in age from 18 to middle age. Many of the women were quite stunning.

    Between classes I stopped for coffee in the crowded faculty lounge and two fellow faculty loudly called out to me, asking if I were dating any of the “many” young women who were coming to my office and obviously making themselves available. I was stunned nearly silent, but managed to speak the quote Vampirella cites.

    As one of the youngest faculty, I can’t imagine many of those in the lounge are still living. Perhaps Vampirella is the granddaughter of one of them and heard the story passed down. I seem to think Vampirella lives somewhere in Eastern Europe. Nonetheless, that quote embodies the ethic I maintained while teaching at that college and at several subsequent colleges and universities until I retired from teaching. Marco


  4. Dana permalink

    Marco, my response is Wow! too.  It was the perfect reply to an offensive question, and speaks to your character in a blithe tone.  There really wasn’t anything more they could have said after your response.  

    Throughout my life people have insinuated all sorts of things about me as well, so I can empathize with your experience.  Thanks for sharing the background, and I do hope we’ll hear more from Vampirella.


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