Okay, I feel compelled to "out" my mom. We are currently blessed to have them visiting us this weekend. It always warms my heart to see my mom and the girls playing silly games and just laughing and snuggling all day.
However, there is something I need to talk about that always puts a particularly strange spin on their visits....my mom always brings a melon..
When you visit someone - you may bring flowers, candy, wine, a small house gift, toys for the kids, etc...but my mom brings me a melon?.....oh, and I got a can of tomato juice this time too! :-) Don't get me wrong, I LOVE cantaloupe and appreciate the gift....and these small, thoughtful gifts just endear me more to my mom at each visit.
I just hope to come up with something as useful, yummy and thoughtful when I start visiting my girls in 14 years. They always say you turn into your mother, but I seriously don't know if I will be the bringer of melon.
Speaking of taking fruit across state lines though - when I think back, I too have traveled this path and felt an innate need to travel with fruit. Many years back, when I was living in L.A., I drove to Yuma to visit my grandparents. I filled my trunk with oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruits from their trees. It seemed to me at the time there was some fruit law that you couldn't bring certain fruits into California(maybe their wasn't, but I was still nervous)...here I was bringing 30 lbs of citrus across state-lines. It was the first time in my life that I drove the speed limit, and the Arlo Guthrie song "Coming' into Los Angeles" kept going through my mind..like it was illegal contraband or something..."..coming into Los Angeles, bringing in a couple of oranges, don't touch my bags if you please, Mister Customs Man..."
(if you don't know who Arlo Guthrie is...or that he sang that song at Woodstock, I apologize for digressing...but would appreciate you Googling him right now to learn more...)
Anyway, based upon my fruit carrying past ways, I guess it's just setting me up to have the potential to be a fruit carrier to my kids someday too. Maybe I will just be more exotic and carry pomegranates, papayas or mango's. :)
In the meantime, I will just enjoy the cantaloupe and my Mom...