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Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)
TITLE: Fruit....To Be or Not to Be Eaten
By Yolanda Baker
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Have you ever taken a look at the history of fruit? Cast your mind back to the story in Genesis. Adam and Eve gave fruit a bad name by taking it from the tree and eating it after God told them not to. This might explain why children hate fruit.
When I prepare myself for the big grocery shop each week, I cringe knowing that I have to buy tons of fruit. You know the stuff; it goes moldy quickly when not eaten, and if someone doesnít watch where he or she steps in the pantry, your apple or orange would be of the flat variety! What I love most is how a child will say they are hungry and later you find a hairy kiwifruit behind a dresser. (It certainly is not the hair that God created on the kiwifruit either). Other times a child will wait until bananas are no longer yellow, then look at me like it was my entire fault they didnít see them in the pantry on the floor, They point the finger at me accusing me of moving them. As their mother, I would like to explain how it is much better eating a banana while itís still yellow; yet I know they would look at me with a blank face, as if to say, ďreally mum?Ē
Another time, while cleaning up around the house, I came across something that was brown and covered with fur. This object looked like it had once been something you would eat. So I decided I would have a closer look, and in doing so, I found it had become an over ripe- apple. I was disappointed it left its mark on the carpet for years to come.
All the experts say that fruit is good for a child. If this is the case, then why is it a challenge for parents to get their children to eat it? They would rather have the over-sugared and high- fat muesli bar or the high- fat potato chips. It would help parents if television would stop advertising how good all the junk food is for a growing child.
Actually, I feel sorry for the fruit; look at how poorly itís treated. Imagine this: You sit down to watch the movie youíve been waiting to see, when a great car chase in the movie comes on. They will always run into a fruit stand! Have you ever wondered why? In others Iíve seen how the audience would show the actors what they thought of their acting, by throwing fruit at them! Have the directors never heard of the starving children in third world countries? Iím sure God meant for us to use the luscious fruit in such a way, right?
Seriously though, fruit has lived a sad life. Letís help turn the trend around and lead by example. Letís show our children how special the fruit is and eat it with a smile on our face.
P.S. No fruit was harmed or damaged while writing this story!
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