Is there such a thing as a watermelon with bad juju? Could the fairies or elves who watch over gardens have had a disagreement and accidentally let bad vibes penetrate some watermelons? Here’s the thing. My favorite part of summer is the sighting of watermelons appearing in the markets. My body seems to crave watermelon. Even a few little cubes at a time make a joyful jolt to my entire body. I always feel more alive and happier. Facts and health benefits are an easy find on the internet, but here are a few. Watermelon is 90% water. It can provide hydration, which can be more effective than water as it is absorbed into the cells. It has several antioxidants which can address a number of issues. The sugar content is actually quite low and there are no fats or cholesterol. Now on to what happened.
I had gone shopping with my grandson on a very uncomfortably hot day. We did a lot of walking , going in and out of shops. One of the last stops was at a market where I picked up a wedge of watermelon. When we got home, I cut up the melon into cubes filling a 2 quart bowl. I left It on the counter to say good-bye to my grandson.
At this point I was rather exhausted primarily from being short of sleep the night before and not doing well in the heat. Surprisingly, I was still functioning rather well. My last action before heading for a shower and dinner, was to put the watermelon in the refrigerator. I started to put plastic wrap over the bowl when it went off the counter onto the floor. I couldn’t believe how it could have happened. It wasn’t like I had tipped the bowl nor was it that close to the edge. Let me tell you those cubes of melon can sure travel far and wide.
I managed to get a colander without stepping on the mess. I gathered up the watermelon into the colander, rinsing it until there was no evidence it had gone on an adventure.
Then came the task of cleaning the floor. To make a long story a little shorter, I ended up, over 2 days, washing the floor 3 times on hands and knees to get rid of the stickiness. And, that’s not the end of the story.
The day after the final floor washing, I went into the refrigerator to get some watermelon. It was déjà vu all over again. As I was picking up the bowl, it flipped out onto the floor. OMG! Was this innocent looking piece of Citrullus bewitched? Obviously, for some unknown reason, I was not meant to eat that particular melon.
Trying to understand how that could of happened, I came up with 2 possibilities. First, it could have been our good friend Isaac Newton’s Law of Gravity. Gravitation is universal. ALL objects attract each other with a force of attraction. This force of gravitational attraction is directly dependent upon the masses of both objects . The conclusion I drew was that the floor mass was greater than the watermelon mass, consequently drawing the melon to it.
The second possibility was just bad juju. Take your pick.
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