Peeling the Appealing

And every day when I've been good, I get an orange after food.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m never nearly as determined and specific as I am when eating citrus fruit. In every instance, I find myself meticulous in preparation and care. Tangerines become challenges in which the perfect peel is the ultimate goal, with tiny uniform sections delicate yet strong with juice that bursts forward. Softball sized grapefruits require focus on thick-skinned segments that must be handled and overcome. Even lemons and limes receive special attention, ensuring that slices are even and practically transparent.

Maintaining a balanced, loving relationship requires many of the same components. There are days when the stubborn nature of a loved one seems insurmountable at first glance, but with the proper handling, can unravel and break down into a manner worth every minute’s work. People are delicate at first glance, while proving themselves much stronger than even they could have guessed. By taking the time to delve beneath the skin that can be bitter, tough, virtually inedible, and finding there the sweetest, most vibrant sensation – we unearth the ultimate reward.

1 comment:

alexandra's kitchen said...

this post reminds me of the Peter, Paul and Mary song, that goes, "Lemon tree very pretty but the lemon flower is sweet ... but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat ..." or something like that. good luck with your peeling.