PERCY: Jan always gets excited when she sees the daffodils coming up each February.
MERCI: Yes, she does a wild dance in the dog pen and all the neighbors come over to take photos.
PERCY: I can't believe you just said that, Merci. You never lie!
MERCI; I wasn't lying. I was sprinkling fairy dust on the story to make it more interesting. (A Little Fairy Dust.)
PERCY: You're right. That does make a better story. Let's leave it in.
MERCI: Our daffodils are on the neighbor's property line and when their privacy fence was installed on top of them,, Jan thought they were lost forever.
PERCY: Oh, she of little faith. They don't grow straight, though. They crowd close to the fence and lean forward.
MERCI: These were the first buds of the season last month.
PERCY: They are the hardware of spring at our house.
MERCI: I believe you mean the harbinger of spring.
PERCY: No, I actually meant hardware. You don't have a working computer without hardware and spring can't arrive without a pre-promenade of daffodils.
MERCI: You're making that up. There's no such word as pre-promenade.
PERCY: Perhaps there wasn't. There is now.