This begins yesterday as I pull a half of a grapefruit out of my lunch bag to enjoy. The girl sitting next to me says “Is that a grapefruit?” (sidenote: this is a normal grapefruit, and I had not disguised it in any way, hadn’t even put sugar on it yet. Additional sidenote: girl beside me is incredibly nosy; I mean, ”kindergartener nosy”)
I reply “Yep, sure is.” I thought that was the end of it (she’s also very persistent), but then she asks “isn’t it really sour? I tried it once but it was too sour.”
So I reply “It is, but that’s why I put sugar on it, so it’s not so sour.”
She nods and turns away, seemingly disappointed that I’ve found a way to consume my Vitamin C without puckering and she hadn’t thought of that option. So I shrug and eat my delicious grapefruit.
Today, I am heating up my SmartOne’s meal in the microwave on my floor (Chicken Parmesan, for those who are interested…) and preparing the other half of the grapefruit from yesterday. Another girl comes up to use the other microwave and begins excitedly talking to me.
“Oh a grapefruit! I haven’t had one of those in forever, it looks delicious!”
I respond “Yea, it will be, they are pretty tasty.”
She excitedly says “So, how do you plan on eating that? Do you have a grapefruit spoon?!”
I probably looked surprised and maybe a little concerned, as I have never had so much interest in the fruit I’m consuming before, nor how I eat it, and two days in a row is just unfathomable. I tell her that I just have a normal kitchen spoon that I plan on using, and that I don’t even own a grapefruit spoon, adding a little grin and chuckle at the end to show the casualness of my grapefruit eating habits.
Apparently either the fact that I’m using a normal spoon or that I don’t even own a grapefruit spoon is shocking, as she looks at me in complete dismay, and almost makes me think she feels bad for me that I don’t own a grapefruit spoon, like “that must be awful, not having the money for a measly grapefruit spoon!”
She smiles, nods and turns on her heel and leaves me in a cloud of uncertainty of my fruit. But I prevailed. It was my grapefruit and let me tell you, it was delicious, even without the spoon to go with it.
Not only have I never had so much interest in the food I am eating before, but I am not sure I have ever disappointed 2 people 2 days in a row by what and how I am eating. I’m not sure if this is a feat or failure.
It’s little moments like this that make the day worth while. Not really, but I have to tell myself that to make it through days where all I have to do is write about grapefruit. And awkward microwave talk.