A Lemon Of A Story

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I’m in Ecuador during the first month of my study abroad program. My small group– fewer than 20 of us– was spending a week in the cloud forest, an area similar in some ways to the rainforest, but at a slightly higher elevation. We had just gone on a gorgeous hike, which describes pretty much every hike in Ecuador, and we were hanging around camp with little to do but enjoy the scenery.

Now, one of the interesting things about the tropics is that the vegetation is simply bigger than in temperate zones: for instance, certain leaves in the rainforest and cloud forest can literally cover you from head to toe. In a similar vein, some of the fruits and vegetables also get bigger than you might expect. Lemons, for instance.

Picture, if you will, our group’s excitement upon finding a football-sized lemon under a nearby tree. After ascertaining that it was, in fact, a fruit like the ones we had at home– albeit super-sized– our next order of business was deciding what to do with it. Should we make the world’s largest merengue pie? Slice it like a watermelon and make ourselves cry by attempting to eat it raw? Roll it down a hill and see what it could smash on its way? All viable options, of course, but then someone hit on an even better idea: a good ol’ game of American football, using the lemon as our pigskin.

The game was over before it even began. A friend picked up the lemon and backed up a few feet as he readied to throw it to me, trying to get a good grip on its puckered rind. I went long and turned back to face him, my hands up to cradle the incoming fruit. It tumbled through the air between us. I reached for it, grinning, and it knocked me flat on my back.

It’s true. I’ve been leveled by a flying lemon.

Danielle Restuccia About Danielle Restuccia

Danielle Restuccia is a freelance writer in several industries, including education, healthcare, and insurance. She previously taught middle and high school English, and in her free time, she’s an avid runner and triathlete. You can follow her on twitter @DMRestuccia and check out her blog at www.daniellerestuccia.com

Danielle Restuccia About Danielle Restuccia

Danielle Restuccia is a freelance writer in several industries, including education, healthcare, and insurance. She previously taught middle and high school English, and in her free time, she’s an avid runner and triathlete. You can follow her on twitter @DMRestuccia and check out her blog at www.daniellerestuccia.com

  • David Tee

    ASHDSADHS!!! That’s like the hugest lemon I’ve seen!!!

  • Mr. Danshov

    Are you sure that’s not a grapefruit?

    • TheBigMilkshake

      If the woman says it’s a lemon, it’s a lemon… although I suppose it could be a bowling ball.

  • AlpacaLover <3

    Adds to the reasons why I hate lemons.

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