Thursday, January 7, 2010

the grapefruit and I

yesterday, my friend and I were marveling at the wonders of the oft misunderstood grapefruit.
in my own opinion, the grapefruit is the most delicate and PERFECT of all citrus.
so sweet on the inside, yet wrapped in a slightly bitter, thick casing.
you have to work (a little bit) to get to the best part.

the (marvelously homegrown) grapefruit I was enjoying had a lot of seeds. I mean, A LOT.
I said to my friend "why does this grapefruit have SO many seeds?"
and she replied:

"it's just trying to survive, out in the wild."

I thought about that all day... the grapefruit and I. trying to survive, out in the wild.

that got me thinking, about seeds.
a beautiful quote from the buddhist monk, thich nhat hahn about seeds:

...consciousness is said to be a field,
a plot of land in which every kind of seed has been planted,
seeds of suffering, happiness, joy, sorrow, fear, anger, and hope.
The quality of our life depends on which of these seeds we water.

today, I choose to water the seeds of peace, of rest, treading lightly.
tomorrow, I will water the seeds of my creativity, of hope, of fulfillment.
my first full day in the studio this year, and I have a TON of work to do!

it is definitely time for me to increse my awareness of which seeds I am watering.

thank you, little grapefruit.


  1. got your message about Rufus.

    I might be up for that. I just found out Chris is on call Sunday which means he leaves saturday night.

    let me know what you think ;)

  2. Beautiful quote, beautiful post, beautiful choice! This is so amazing to me because I've been on a big grapefruit kick lately- I LOVE THEM. And I had been thinking about doing a blog post on how to properly eat one. (With a spoon right out of the skin.)

    This was so bang on in so many ways. Damn I'm happy you're blogging!


  3. maybe I am at a disadvantage... I cut the segments out with a little serrated knife, then scoop out with a spoon -- I really NEED one of those special little grapefruit spoons!

    ate 2 grapefruits last night. seed count: 73


  4. take grapefruit to another...level...i'll be counting my seeds from now on...