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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: The Outer Peel
By Paul Potenza
10/13/05


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THE OUTER PEEL

I was laughing the other day at a banana. It wasn’t the actual banana, but it was more the WORD banana that got to me. It’s kind of a funny word. I’m always amused at the “Name Game” song. You know the one...”Rosanna boebana banana...fee fie foe fanna”. Then they go into OTHER names...

“Let’s try PAULY...Pauly boe BALLY, foe fiddley faddly FALLY, fee fie foe...Pauly...”

Sometimes, when I am sick and have a fever, that song gets stuck in my head. I really hate that. I’ll drag myself to the bathroom and try to brush my teeth and my brain will be cheerily singing, “Teeth boe BEETH, foe fiddley faddly FEETH...etc”. At times like this, I favor the DEATH PENALTY for whoever wrote that song.

But the point is that some fruits have funny sounding names. Take the Kumquat. Ha HA! Or the Tangelo.

The Kumquat sounds like a relative of “Bigfoot” and the Tangelo sounds like a Spanish Dance. “C’mon everyone!! Let’s do the TANGELO!! Our special guest tonight, right out of the forests of North America, is Sasquatchs’ little brother, K U M Q U A T !!

Silly stuff I guess, but I like to take my mind out for a walk now and then, and this is where it prefers to go.

Funny thing though...For all the humor that their names imply, “Banana...Kumquat...Tangelo”, consuming them makes you forget the labels that are put upon them. When you peel away the outer layer, and enjoy them for what they are at their basic level, you can’t help but enjoy them.

People are like that too. Call them “Biker” or “Prostitute” or “Businessman” or even “Tax Collector”. Peel away the outer layer and you can enjoy them. You can be with them. You can consume them.

Silly Topic...Heavy Lesson.

Peeled any fruit lately?


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Yolanda Baker10/17/05
I love how you mentioned the peeled away of the fruit.. This is so true and we need to laway remember that it is not the outer peel/skin of a person we should see. It is what is inside that counts! Well done( wont forget this story in a hurry!
Nina Phillips10/17/05
Good, Good bo bood, bannana nana bo bood!!!
HEHEHEHEHHEHEHEHEHE
Lovely lesson--I agree about peeling off the outer layer, then you really know what the fruit is, and what it looks like, and how flavorful it is--which reminds me of persimmons-ever ate one that wasn't quite ripe?
God bless ya, littlelight
Garnet Miller 10/19/05
We are all told "do not judge a book by its cover" but few actually put this into practice. The world would be a kinder place if we did. Thanks for sharing.
terri tiffany10/21/05
Short, sweet and right to the point! Loved your style!
Suzanne R10/21/05
Banana ... it is a silly name ... like 'persimmon' ... that has always amused me. But your 'silly topic - heavy point' was very much an important life lesson, which you brought out clearly. Well done.

This would be a GREAT children's talk, with lots of interaction and visuals.
Cassie Memmer10/23/05
A great lesson I taught to my daughter when she was small and one we could wish the whole world knew. Thanks! This is a great object lesson!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/15/06
You never know a book by it's cover nor a fruit by it's peel or name...very nice lesson for all of us AND an enchanting read! Your writing is so easy and comfy, that it's a pleasure to read...and always leaves the reader with something to "take a walk with your mind"...or however you put it! Great stuff! Talent beyond belief - and I THOUGHT I could write...hummpf!
Edy T Johnson 09/29/06
I love this concept: "Silly stuff I guess, but I like to take my mind out for a walk now and then, and this is where it prefers to go." You are one entertaining writer.