Tuesday, June 21, 2011

W is for Watermelon

W is for watermelon, the kind with seeds.

When I was a little girl growing up in upstate NY, water- melons were trucked in from the south where they grew large and sweet. They were giant, oval shaped beauties with crimson flesh and filled with seeds. We washed our ears in a concerted effort to devour every last bit of the luscious fruit.

I was telling my nephew the other day how water- melons in the days of my childhood were twice as big as the ones I find in the supermarket today. He looked doubtful and said he'd have to ask his mother. I'm not sure why he thinks I would lie to him... Not too long ago watermelons also had seeds which were wonderful for spitting at my sister Rachel. We never laughed so hard in our lives! Can somebody tell me where to find one of those old fashioned watermelons?

Since I borrowed the first two photos from a free online photo source (That's what it said. Honest.), I leave you with my sister's favorite watermelon eating dog, Sherman. I searched my entire blog before realizing this was posted on Priscilla's instead. Summer has just begun. Watermelon season is here!

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PS. The nest is empty.

17 comments:

  1. Yep, it's true! Watermelons were never round..they were huge ovals! And we didn't mind the seeds because we didn't know any different!

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  2. I miss the seeds. They were half the fun. What is a good old fashioned picnic without a watermelon seed spitting contest?

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  3. I really like your post! it was a joy to read! my chickens love to eat any left over watermelon that the kids didn't clean off the rind. i see the dog also enjoyed it :0)

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  4. Don't like watermelon, but love rolling my tongue and shooting out the seeds.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  5. LOVE watermelon. I have to go to the store tomorrow, think I might pick one up.

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  6. Well Martha, the watermelon we ate in Ecuador was the good ol' fashioned kind. All the produce down there was amazingly HUGE! I wish you could see it.

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  7. I just read on wikipedia that there are more than 1200 different varieties of watermelon.

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  8. Priscilla, too bad we can't get our watermelon from Ecuador.

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  9. You washed your ears with it... Heehee!

    The birds grew up already?

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  10. Great idea for today and nicely illustrated by that dear Sherman.
    Yesterday I saw a bicyclist riding with a helmet that looked just like the watermelon in your first photo!

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  11. Yes, those seeds sure are fun! I loved it when they would fly out of my mouth and stick to your neck or cheek. :D

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  12. Those baby birds couldn't have been ready to fly already, were they? Hopefully they were and nothing came and snatched them away.

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  13. Reminds me of our former Pomeranian, she loves watermelon too.

    Would love you to peek at my ABC. You are welcome to come by anytime, have a nice day!

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  14. Rachel, they grew up amazingly fast. I'm pretty sure they flew away. I didn't see any feathers in the yard and my cats weren't smiling.

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  15. Love to see a watermelon-eating dog. We can't let our Lindy eat watermelon because it's full of sugar and she's very overweight.
    I agree, being a kid meant eating watermelon and spitting the seeds at siblings.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  16. They still grow oval with seeds watermelons at the fruit stands in Hughson where we lived for 27 years... I miss those huge melons.

    However, last year at a local Watermelon Festival, there was a seed spitting contest...but they already had the seed out of the melon. BTW my younger grandson won with 16 feet!!! I was proud!!!

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  17. I love watermellon and I am an on and off empty nester too....

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