June 14, 2011

because inspiration can come from anywhere--even cherries.

I've always joked that I could be a fruititarian--I absolutely love fruit. (As in, it makes up about half of my grocery list.) But there's always been one exception to my food group affection: cherries.

For as long as I can remember I've hated them--the tart sweetness, the texture, the pit. Then, a few weeks ago, as we maneuvered through the produce section, Radley picked up a bag. I made a face and he sighed: "When's the last time you even tried one?" he asked me. I had no idea. Maybe when I was in high school? Early college? He shrugged. "Tastes change. Why not try again?" 

I protested. Put up a fight. Claimed I'd probably gag, maybe faint and die. But my tirade ended as they all do: Radley laughed at me and I gave in. So we bought them. And I tried them. And not only did I like them; I seriously couldn't get enough. (Why oh why is he always right?)

Yesterday, as I sat on our balcony eating a mug full of my latest obsession--yes, I eat out of mugs--I found myself hoping that the Cherry Challenge marks the start of something. Because if I can learn to love cherries, what else might I be missing out on? What else might I be tossing aside because I don't think it's for me? What other new leaf might be waiting to turn over?

I never thought I'd kick off a transformation because of fruit, but, well, there you have it. And no, I don't plan on trying everything all over again--some things would need divine intervention to make their way onto my plate. (I'm looking at you, broccoli.) Still, though, I can't help but recognize the lesson: we change. And so do our interests, our tastes--the things we're able to do. So why not go out on a limb every once in a while? Why not retry things you've convinced yourself aren't for you?

You never know what--or who, or where--you might love.

(Photo: My Flickr)


something-pretty.net said... [Reply to comment]

I love this post, Laura! You take such a small thing and make it something truly worth reflecting on... I think that's what makes you such an amazing writer! :)

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I'm the same way! I'll always throw a fit and then Elliot will always be right!

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

Cherries in the summertime are pure perfection! :)

becky said... [Reply to comment]

I think I get a little too comfortable in my comfort zone. You know, to the point where new stuff--yet stuff I truly, deeply, madly want to do--peters out. You're right, though. Absolutely right. So many things I have enjoyed I have, at first, cast aside as not for me. And really, really facing our fears and judgements makes the act much sweeter. Thankyou for this--as always--a lovely, lovely nugget inspiration.

PhotoPuddle said... [Reply to comment]

Yuck, I hate cherries! Or maybe I don't any more - perhaps I should give them another go. After all we do have a lovely cherry tree in our garden.

Sweet said... [Reply to comment]

Laura! I'm in California now! I got here 3 weeks ago and I got married too! Hope to see you here!

allie margaret said... [Reply to comment]

Great post! This is so so true. There are so many great things that I love now that I didn't before. Funny how things work out...


Eleanor said... [Reply to comment]

i love this and the fact fruit made you think... :)
come by my blog xo

Sarah McCabe said... [Reply to comment]

Aw, broccoli is actually really delicious if it's cooked right. It's one of the few vegetables I'll eat. Who knows? If you hate broccoli so much but try it and (gasp) not hate it anymore, your revelation this time might be completely life-changing instead of just outlook-changing. Just a thought...

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Life's a bowl of cherries....
I've never heard of someone being a fruition until just this second! Pretty cool.
I like to try new things too, and I have been recently, but unfortunately, I haven't liked pretty much everything I've tried. I guess I don't have much of a palate as I thought!

ChinkyGirLMeL said... [Reply to comment]

Awwww..My friend was telling me how much she hated Almond Joy chocolates because she hated coconuts. During her younger years all her big brothers would get Crunch, Twix, Kit Kat and left her with the Almond Joy. Over the years she learned to love them. I have always hated cherries because something about it tastes like cough syrup. So anyhow, I went out with the girls last week and had a margarita. They nagged me to have the cherry and voila... I'm addicted to cherries now too.