Thursday, 09 August 2012
By Mary B Summerlin who keeps a photostream at Flickr
Long ago - when I was a little girl, I remember sitting in the backyard on a picnic table eating watermelon. I was scantily dressed and watermelon juice was running down my face, arms, clothes and belly. It was such a special time that when I think about it today my mouth waters.
As the years went by, watermelon was always in my life. When I went home to the farm in the summer, I always looked forward to watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes and corn fresh from the field. There were other vegetables and fruits but those were the special ones.
Every summer when I left, I'd always come back with watermelons and other fruits and vegetables. But watermelon was taken for granted for many years and I paid it no special attention.
Now, as a senior, I find that I have many ailments that require a special diet. They took away my Diet Pepsi. I’ve been drinking that since high school. Next they took away my very favorite thing in the world – ice cream.
Oh it is delicious. Growing up, we often churned ice cream and added fresh peaches, strawberries or whatever fruit we had on hand. Usually there was some occasion and extra family or friends were there. Oh my, I love thinking about those memories.
So I began casting about for a special treat, something to take the place of the old favorites. I saw watermelon in the grocery store and I knew immediately that I had found my new favorite! Watermelon – cold, wet, sweet and oh so good.
Now, I really debated about putting this down on paper because I’m sure it doesn’t fit with some diet. I’m taking the risk and enjoying watermelon with no guilt.
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