So?….. How did They Taste?
Surely you were wondering. While reading about watermelons in the classroom you must have been pondering the more traditional use of watermelons…. as food. Sure, they are interesting objects to be studied, measured and understood, but how did they taste? Let’s face it, no one would bother to grow watermelons if it weren’t for the crush of sweet pleasure inside that rind. Let it be known, the watermelons at OJA did not disappoint. You can’t help but smile when, as soon as knife pierces the outer skin, the “POP” happens. This spontaneous split is really something between a thud, a crack and a splash. These melons were too impatient to be sliced open smoothly. Juicy and sweet. The last taste of summer.
Before melon season is let go for fall, please consider one more academic application for the watermelon. Literature. When life turns the exceptional into the mundane, when the beautiful becomes bland from over-consumption and “WOW” becomes “meh” we can trust writers to remind us of greatness. Through the twist and roll of a poetic phrase a writer can return us to the realization that life is a delicious gift. Watermelons? Consider the words of Pudd’nhead Wilson, one of Mark Twain’s unforgettable characters:
“The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took: we know it because she repented.”