16 Aug
I Don’t Raise Your Kids So Why Are You Watering My Plants?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

Is it normal for people to empty their glasses of water that they don’t want to finish into houseplants, by way of watering them. My friend did that when she was at my house and I thought it was weird but didn’t say anything. Should I have?




Dear WTF,

Honestly, I feel like your question is one of those tricky word problems where the teacher gives you all this extra information in an effort to confuse you. In other words, we could boil this all down to one fundamental inquiry which I would rephrase as such:

My friend did something weird; should I say something?

Girlfriend, the very PURPOSE of dealing with maintaining these interpersonal relationships we call friendships is to make fun of them when they do something strange! OF COURSE YOU SAY SOMETHING!

How you say it, of course, is simply dependent upon your comedic abilities, timing, and ability to think on the spot. For example, any of the following approaches would have worked effectively, I believe.

[Friend pours water into plant.]

[Friend pours water into plant.]
You: Um, that’s fake, you nimrod.

[Friend pours water into plant.[
You: Ah, thank you gracious Hegemone.

[Friend pours water into plant.]
You: What the hell are you doing?

Certainly it’s not a big deal, but if nothing else, I’d just want to hear the story behind the odd habit of hers. Did she grow up during the Dust Bowl? Is this a result of some sort of backwash phobia? Does she simply think of you as a neglectful house plant owner?

Unless, of course, she is simply a eco-conscious or generally thoughtful, in which case she’s probably just “being a good person” or something and questioning her will likely make you “look like an ass.”

Choose carefully!

Kristine, TMH

10 Responses to “I Don’t Raise Your Kids So Why Are You Watering My Plants?”


Comment by Danielle.

Watering other people’s plants is just too risky. You don’t know if they just watered them or when they need watered or anything like that. Just seems odd to do at someone elses house.


Comment by Steph.

Your suggestions made me laugh (also made me google hegemone)


Comment by Laurie in Maine.

Still laughing out loud…googling hegemone was my next step! 🙂


Comment by MommyTime.

I remember a serious water shortage sometime in the mid-1970s, where my mother made my two sisters and I bathe together (we were probably 4, 5 and 7 yrs old), and then she ladeled the water into pitchers and used it on her many houseplants. However, even she wouldn’t have put recycled water on houseplants in a neighbor’s house. I’m dying to know whether your friend does this everywhere she goes.


Comment by CD Storage Box.

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Comment by Starle.

That is mo-def an odd thing to do to someone else’s plant. I would totally have beeb all ‘dude. what did you just do? Do you need a ride to the crazy train that you are about to board?’


Comment by N and Em's mom.

At my fav chinese place there is a sign next to the live bamboo plants that says ‘Do not pour soup on the plants.’

Winnie Reply:

That really cracked me up..soup! Wow…


Comment by rojopaul.

If I have a leftover bottle of water in my car when I get home, I pour it in my flowers or grass outside the house. But that’s because I’m afraid to drink out of plastic after it’s been in a hot car thanks to the e-mails that circulate on that topic.

That said, I would not water someone’s plants in the house with leftover water. I would definitely ask my friend out of curiousity why she does it. I’m sure there’s a reason behind the madness. 🙂

Loved your choice of comments, Kristine!


Comment by Avprobeauty.

This is what people thinl about on a day to day basis!? And I thought I had no life…

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