Blooming Nerds Rope – Five Minute Friday


I don’t really like flowers.

I think I should like flowers, because that’s what girls are supposed to do, but I can’t seem to care about them the way I should.  My husband, sweet man who never needs me to be something I’m not and loves me for who I am in all my lack of gender stereotypes, saw me wilting last week, up to my one-whiskered chin in book edits.

He drove out and came home with flowers. I was unimpressed, until I noticed they were fake, the little plastic and silk ones.  I leaned forward in my stiff desk chair, curious.  This just got interesting.

Each manufactured blossom was taped to a long Nerds Rope, a bouquet of blooming candy goodness. I fell in love with him a little harder, a little deeper, because while I don’t care much for flowers, I live for Nerds, and Nerds Rope is the Beyonce of the candy world.

Every day that I sit at my computer pounding out keystrokes, I chew happily on my Rainbow Nerds and remember the precious love of a man who makes bouquets out of my favorite candy. My appreciation for flowers is feeble, but my love for my husband is in full bloom.


Every week I see #fmfparty on Twitter and think those Five Minute Friday girls are so brave to write for five unedited minutes and hit publish.  This evening I tried to weenie out like usual but couldn’t run away like I usually do, so I’m joining the fun.  The prompt word was BLOOM, and this was my five-minute attempt at writing about it.

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  • Amy Tilson

    This is awesome!!! I have a feeling you might speak Lisa-jo’s love language with this one. I knew there would be some great ones with this word. You did not disappoint. If we can’t be neighbors in real life, I’m glad we can be here. :)

    • Melanie Dale

      Ha! If Nerds is a love language, then I SPEAK IT SO HARD. I left a comment on yours, but I really stink at the internet. Did you get it? I’ll try again if not.

  • Alia_Joy

    That is a good man, there. And very creative. I love fresh flowers but I’m particular about the type. However, it’d have to be chocolate to really make a bouquet that speaks to me.

    • Melanie Dale

      I hear you. I do love chocolate…. :)

  • Karrilee Aggett

    “and Nerds Rope is the Beyonce of the candy world.” #forthewin I love this! WELCOME TO FMFPARTY!!! Hopefully – we will soon become the Beyonce of the blogosphere and you just won’t be able to quit us!

    • Melanie Dale

      Thanks, Karrilee! I’m so glad I finally jumped in. I love you guys!

  • Beth Anne

    Awww that’s so cute!! I feel the same way about flowers. I like them but I don’t…I don’t really know anymore I’m just a confused mess HA! I do like candy though. My boss got her husband a candy bouquet last year for valentine’s day. YUM

    • Melanie Dale

      YUM! Yes, flowers meh, candy for sure!

  • bluecottonmemory

    It is a blessed woman who has a husband who knows the perfect way to say, “I love you.” You are a blessed woman!!!! What a delightful, creative bouquet!

    • Melanie Dale

      Agreed! Grateful for him AND Nerds!

  • Lizzy Grae

    How very creative!! Does he give lessons to other husbands by any chance? Lol. What a blessing!

    • Melanie Dale

      Ha, yes, he is a blessing! And extremely creative. I think I’ll keep him. ;)

  • Karen Brown

    I love this! I’m not a big fan of flowers either…you gotta find a vase, cut off ends…ug :) But I loved your post! I’m so glad you were brave enough to try FMF! And I’m so glad I stopped by! Great job!

  • April Brooks

    You know, as I get older, I enjoy getting flowers more than I did before, but I do love me some Nerds! So that is a GREAT surprise! Stopping by from FMF!

  • Jen Daugherty

    That is so sweet (literally and figuratively)!! Gotta love a man who knows exactly what you love!! :)





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