I Skyped an old friend yesterday and she couldn’t wait to tell me about a talk she had been to earlier in the week. She belongs to a women’s group a bit like the WI. The group’s programme said that the talk was by someone from an organisation called Orchid.
if you Google ‘Orchid’ you will find there are many uses for the word in the titles of organisations who have appropriated it for their own purposes.
First of all, the woman speaker was late due to roadworks. While they waited, members of the group stood up to tell about their own experiences of growing orchids. One woman had even brought her husband along, as he grows the flowers and was interested to hear the latest ideas on the subject or about new varieties.
When the speaker arrived, half an hour late and flustered, they couldn’t get the computer presentation to work. (She told them this has never happened before). After several attempts, she gave up and talked about her trek in the Himalayas. Everyone waited expectantly for news of some wonderful new species she had discovered. At the end she told them how worthwhile it had been and how much money had been raised; but still no mention of orchids.
During the question time it became apparent that a misunderstanding of rather large proportions had occurred and it was, indeed, a truly enlightening experience for the audience and somewhat embarrassing one. Apparently, orchids resemble testicles and the organisation raises funds for testicular cancer research! It is a very worthy cause but not what the audience was prepared for!
An orchidectomy is about the removal of disease but certainly doesn’t involve pesticide!