Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Way Of The Cantaloupe

I've mentioned once or twice that I'm an avid gardener. Green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers - if it's edible and suited to my climate, I can probably grow it. Of all the things that I grow each year, cantaloupes are my favorite.

Cantaloupes are incredibly easy to grow. All you really need is good soil and a hot summer. They don't require a lot of care. I let mine run wild over the garden patch, tendrils curling and reaching every which way. A little water now and then. Pull the occasional weed. Nothing to it.

Knowing when to harvest a cantaloupe is trickier. If you pull a cantaloupe too soon, the fruit will lack sweetness. If you wait too long, the melons will crack in the heat or rot if the ground is damp. Timing is everything. Timing and technique.

To check if a cantaloupe is ripe, you pick it up and turn it. Be gentle. Don't pull. If it's ready, it will let go of the vine. If it doesn't separate, put it down and wait another day.

Since this is not a gardening blog, you're probably wondering if I have a punch line or point. Uh, maybe? I'll let you decide.

Frankly, this past year has been a little rough. I'd like to think that I grew, but I just feel older. I'd like to think that I learned something, but "don't fuck with my meds" doesn't seem all that profound. It's New Year's Eve, the night for brave, new intentions and fresh starts, and my OCD is shrieking for some sort of plan, and, and . . .

Cantaloupe. It ripens in its own time. It lets go when its ready. It cannot be rushed to yield its fruit . . .

Can I resolve to be a cantaloupe?

18 comments:

LarryG said...

I would love to check and see if the vine is ready to release you! :)

This is lovely! Gardening analogies are the best. The mystery of seed, soil, sun - new growth - harvest...

Oh Mamma Zen you have grown, the mystery of growth is that it happens while we aren't watching and even then it is imperceivable in the smallest increment of time. Maybe this year is just a small increment :)
Happy New Year! I wish you every joy for 2009

Fireblossom said...

Dearest Melonhead,

I have long thought that gardening is a metaphor for all sorts of things, besides the fact that it gets us close to the earth, lets us nurture something outside of ourselves, and yields yumminess for our friends and ourselves. A good garden is a dear friend, and there is definitely something of the divine in it. I find growing plants reassuring somehow.

This year will be better for you, Mama Zen, I know it will. And sometimes, we look right behind us and think, "I haven't made any progress." But if we look further behind, then we see we have made tremendous strides. I have a trick of asking myself where i was a year ago or five years ago. It is always an eye opener.

Happy New Year, Lady. :-)

Shadow said...

why yes indeed. all in good time. may i wish you peace and PATIENCE in the new year, to find that perfectly ripe cantaloupe in you.

MomOf3 said...

I just love reading your blog. You are so insightful. Happy New Year, Mama Zen! I hope the new year is full of good things for you and your family!!

Kristin H. said...

I have been reading you for nearly one year. Growth for you this past year? Only you can decide. All I know is that you have made MY life much richer. Cheers :)

Autumn said...

Good analogy and remember when you are feeling like the world is on your shoulders... the more shit you pile on the bigger and better the cantaloupe grows. Happy New Year!

Corey~living and loving said...

Why of course you can resolve to be a cantaloupe. I quite like them. :)
Happy New Year!

Cookie said...

I love teh comparison. Maybe you should get pins or t-shirts that say, "I am a Cantaloupe."

StatMama said...

I think we all have to be the canteloupe, really. While some things require us to pull up the boot straps, many things just require patience. I think the canteloupe is a wonderful metaphor for that.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

A lovely metaphor, MZ. Happy New Year!

Jannie said...

Um, is there, any facet of wonderment you are NOT good at?

I love your blog too! (Oh, I think I've said that before, right?)

The Maven said...

Growth is all about baby steps, mama. And, while cantaloupes may appear unchanging on the outside, they do ripen to perfection inside. And you, my dear, are an excellent candidate for cantaloupedom.

There. I made up a cool word for you. You're welcome! Happy New Year! :)

storyteller's other blog said...

Perfect ... utterly perfect! I'm going to hold this image in mind and be a cantaloupe as well when I'm feeling impatient. It's perfect ;--)

Initially,reading about cantaloupes here reminded me of my Dad growing such things and how delicious his melons tasted ... so thanks for THOSE memories as well.
Hugs and blessings,

Woman in a Window said...

That's one loaded metaphor...but I don't like cantaloupe. Pumpkin maybe?

Happy New Year!

Momisodes said...

I love it...and I'm still giggling a bit :)

I love cantaloupe.

Happy New Year!

laughingatchaos said...

Can I be a cantaloupe with you? ;) Happy New Year, dear. May it be a blessed and peaceful one.

Domestic Accident said...

That analogy is way better than my Mother Bear one. Yes, be the cantaloupe!

Cat said...

Wonderful analogy!!!

Be the best cantelope you can be!

Have a happy new year!


Cat