I love the produce isle in the summertime. All the bright colors and aromas; I love to let the kids smell the ripe mangoes, peaches, nectarines, and berries as I throw them in the cart. I love it even more when I get to pick out a fruit they’ve never tried before (especially when it’s on sale!). In this case, a non-smell-able fruit, the watermelon.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – what kid hasn’t tried a watermelon?!
Let me clarify: Drew is only 1.5 years old & was too young for watermelon season last year. Aiden has only had it cut up, because for some reason (maybe my neurotic phobia of children choking) I hadn’t let him eat it off the rind before!
Well, I threw caution to the wind and let my 4 year old eat a (seedless) watermelon wedge, two-handed, in-your-face, rind-and-all. Here’s how he mastered it:
Start with a wedge bigger than your head.
Proudly take your first deliciously juicy bite, starting on one side.
Work your way across, and then back to starting position, one mouthful at a time.
Now you’re starting to make a dent in this sucker!
Closest to the bottom – ATTACK! No holds barred.
Juice is dripping, chunks are devoured and summertime just got 10 degrees cooler.
I’m happy to report Aiden came out of it just fine and begging for more. I actually had to stop him from eating through the rind and explain to him that it wasn’t an edible part of the fruit.
Drew cautiously pecked at his (he prefers citrus and berries over watermelon) and was done with his watermelon experience before it really began.
Which just means more for Aiden!
Summer is just beginning, friends. There will be plenty of watermelon sales to take advantage of and plenty of hot days to cool off.
Watermelons = summertime air conditioning for your mouth.
Don’t you agree?!