Never underestimate the power of a “Walmart run”! Tonight Jenna, Courtney, Ashley and I headed for a Walmart run at 10pm. You know, normal college kid entertainment, right?! I had nothing better to do with my time and tagged along just for the heck of it, for no reason at all, which I later learned is sometimes one of the best reasons.
Here’s what happened:
We are strolling aimlessly through the store pointing out all of the outrageous Christmas-themed foods, toys, and decorations. I was already in the study abroad, think-outside-of-the-box mode today. As I was wandering the fruit section, I realized that as much as I like fruit, there were so many that I had never tried. I stick to the same, safe fruits that I know I like. So instead, I decided to try something new, just for the heck of it. I picked up a pomegranate and put it in my basket. As it dropped into my basket, my head started spinning with ideas; the same sensation that you feel when you are lying in bed and can’t sleep and suddenly have this stream of creativity. I thought, what if, every time I visit the grocery store, I pick up a food or drink item that I’ve never tried before. What a cool experience!
So, I want to look for something abnormal, something different and outside of my food comfort zone. I want to look for abnormal in hopes that it will refresh my mind that what is “abnormal” to me is completely ordinary to someone else. So, that’s the plan.
Pomegranate in hand, I got home excited to cut it open. The outer skin was thicker than I thought it would be and very hard to cut through. I got a huge knife out, to a scary degree, and sliced the fruit open. As I cut into the pomegranate, dark red juice poured out. The cranberry-colored juice sprayed everything, but finally the fruit was split into two nice halves. It was divided into sections, like an orange, but instead, in each section were tiny pod-like seeds, which I learned are the part that you actually eat. The little needs were slippery and hard to pick up to eat. I expected them to be sweet, but they were mostly tart with a deep flavor.
The seeds were so intriguing to me. It was almost like there were two seeds, an inner one and an outer shell. The inside seed was harder and tougher with not much flavor, but the outer seed encased the juice that makes a pomegranate, well, a pomegranate. I was completely enthralled with this new and interesting fruit. Once I had eaten some of the seeds, I was able to see the inside wall of the skin. It had raised sections that looked like bubbles had popped and left the outside line. They had been created to house the little seeds perfectly. To me it looked like a honeycomb, but when I showed Jenna, she thought it looked like the inside of an organ. Oh, the learning from diverse perspectives!
Although this pomegranate is only very slightly exotic and a very overpriced piece of fruit from Walmart, I think that it tells a good lesson. Don’t be afraid to explore the undiscovered, the different, the new. If you don’t like it, you can swallow it and move on. Either way, in the end, it’s the experience or little dare that you took to take a step outside of your world that will open your mind, intellect, and perspective to uncharted territories. It’s so fascinating… And, to think that it all started with a pomegranate from Walmart.