I’ve always been more than casually interested in the beautiful bouquets of decoratively cut fruit that are available for sending as gifts. It is an entire arrangement that is edible…what a strange and fantastic idea. The one thing that has always been my sticking point when considering sending one is the cost. They are down right expensive and I was never confident that the experience upon arrival of said costly arrangement for casual consumption would measure up to the sizable down payment I had laid out.
All of that changed last night when I saw mine. It was addressed to me, just me and it was almost too big to carry with both hands. The aroma of tropical fresh fruit was enough to transport me to an island with sand and steel drums. The excitement, the adrenaline…who could it be from..why is it here…oh my god look at those daisies made out of pineapple and cantaloupe.
I was the proud recipient of one abundantly overflowing fruit-full bouquet from a beloved friend, who seemed to understand with perfect intuition how to show love to her favorite vegan wannabe. It was gorgeous. It blew my mind. There was carved pineapple, melon, cantaloupe and even chocolate dipped strawberries and grapes. It was as colorful as a rainbow and as delicious as a popsicle.
She couldn’t have known my adoration of food on sticks because I think that has been relatively hidden until now, but there it is. Every fruit kabob I plucked out of the arrangement was more fun than the last.
As I sat there eating and admiring my behemoth sculpture of carved fruit I could not help but reflect on the kind of statement such a gift made. It says to me,” I love you and really care about you. Your health matters to me so I am sending you a gift of love from the earth and the sun, delivered right to your door.” I think that is really special and it truly honors someone to honor their health and well being. The most priceless part to me was that it made me feel supported in my healthy new choices and commitment to myself, and that was a true gift.
I wanted to share this exciting event with you because I believe it is part of this transition. Seven months ago the perfect birthday present would have been three martinis, a smoke or ten and an ice cream cake with friends. Now I am coming home from dance class to find a 25 pound fruit sculpture with a birthday card strapped to it. I love change!! Be open, be excited and allow yourself to explore and change some of your ideas about food and nourishing yourself. It just may turn out to be really fun.
Have a delicious day.
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