You know that phrase, “Never ASSUME because when you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME”?
(there are like 10 different variations of this quote but the general principle is the same)
I always thought this quote was good and I like it and on top of that I was really close to doing just that this week.
Here’s what happened.
I’m working a job near my school this summer so am in the search for accommodations. I saw an ad from the university near the place I would be working which said,
“There are six raised beds available… at the Nature Center…. If you are interested, or for more information, please contact…”
Now I do not claim to be the sharpest crayon in the box (because I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box) but I was so anxious to find accommodations that I must have not thought carefully enough about what they actually meant.
I emailed the contact person to ask for more information about the “six raised beds” and the opening sentence in their response was,
“Hi Hailey, thank you for your interest in the gardening plots.”
It was at that moment I realized I had made a huge assumption.
In gardening, such as the type of gardening they do at the Nature Center, “raised beds” is a planting technique in which the plants are grown in soil that is “raised” above the ground.
I actually laughed for a moment when I realized what I had done. It could have been a lot worse though. I had made my initial email to the contact person very vague and just asked for “more information on how it would all work”. I was really trying to ask about rent without sounding pushy.
But imagine if I had said that straight out like, “So how much is rent per month for a bed? Do I need to bring my own mattress?”
In my defense, at my school there are two options for your dorm bed – either lofted (not raised off the ground) or lofted (raised off the ground like a bunk bed), so I must have jumped the gun and made the instant connection between the two.
Anyway, funny story that did not result in me finding accommodations but did result in me now being the proud mother of a plot of plants for the summer.
If you have a funny story in which assumption got the best of you or if you have any suggestions as to what I should grow, let me know in the comments below.
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