I found myself thinking just now about how perfectly comfortable my Croc flip-flops are and how, by some accounting, they may be my favorite shoes. Then I felt sad. Then I laughed (read, "almost cried"). The many stages of becoming self-aware as a giant dork, and this is where I find myself.
You know, cantaloupe is sort of like Crocs. Sure, it seems overly comfortable and pedestrian, but beneath that boring shell is where the appeal is to be found. A properly ripened cantaloupe has a sophisticated fragrant quality that belies its humble appearance much as the frumpy Croc hides its genius in its well-engineered comfort.
Cantaloupe doesn't get enough credit. Not only is its sweet flesh sensibly delicious, but it is also a terrific source of vitamin A and a bunch of other good for you little ingredients, antioxidants, etc. Sure, it may get condescending glances from the likes of pomegranate and papaya, but so what! Stand tall and round, cantaloupe, and don't let those showy fruits push you around.
Maybe they're not perfect for every occasion. True. But they deserve credit as the workhorses that they are. Who protects your tootsies from communicable grossness (did you know ringworm and athlete's foot are pretty much the same thing?) from the locker room floor? That's right, Crocs. And who happily pairs with cottage cheese, strawberries, or bacon? Our trusty and good friend cantaloupe is here to serve as needed.
So, that's cool. I shall embrace my love of flat and sensible shoes but be certain that having shiny gold sandals in in the far reaches of the closet offers me some peace of mind. They may get brought out into the light of day but a few times a year but they offer a promise-- a promise of sunny parties to come and opportunities that stretch beyond the daily glamour that is the grocery.
But I will remember who's there to do the heavy lifting and who is there to pick up the slack. So, I happily choose the cantaloupe for many of my melon needs and remember to take notice of all that it offers. High-five, melon. Thanks for being you.