Annoying Seeds

One of the things I enjoy about this time of year is the return of watermelon to the stores, and hence a large part of my diet.  I love nothing better than to take a huge bite of juicy watermelon and be refreshed by its succulent taste.  There is one small problem, however.  Seeds.  Watermelon seeds are a real pip because they slow down the rate of eating, and because you have to spend time poking out the seeds before you eat.

I began to ponder the seedless watermelon.  Wouldn't it be great to be able to eat watermelon like an apple, taking a large bite and enjoying its flavour.  Eliminating seeds would be wonderful.... except for one small hiccup - how would you grow the next one?  If there were no seeds there would be no plant, and hence no watermelon at all.

Isn't it amazing how sometimes the things that really give us the pip become the seeds of something beautiful to savour?

P.S.  We might also do well to remember the flip side of the story - in the midst of today's joys, we must be watchful for hidden challenges within.

December 3, 1995
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