I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.
Me: Whoa, girl! Stay away from that corner!
Stella: But I want to smell the funny looking plants. They have spikes all over them.
Me: Those are cacti. Those spikes are thorns. Cacti are infamous for them.
Stella: Why would you plant something I cannot sniff?
Me: That’s kind of a strange story. All you need to know is that cactus does very well around here and they are not to be fooled with. That’s why they are not in y’all’s regular yard.
Stella: What if I just sniff away from the spikes?
Me: Nope. Cacti have an almost invisible defense. Tiny, hair-thin stickers, almost invisible, that you can feel but have trouble seeing. Ask me how I know.
Stella: Lady Human, is that a trick question?
Me: Yep. If you’ve ever hosted them, you won’t forget. I love you enough to want you to avoid that.
Stella: Would you pull the stickers out even if you couldn’t see them?
Me: Yes, until I got every single one. But wouldn’t it be better not to spend our time that way?
Stella: Now that you have told me to stay away, I want to touch it all the more.
Me: Temptations are funny that way. Let’s go inside. Then there won’t be a problem.
Stella: Until the next time. I will discover the mystery of the mean spiky plant.
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