|The Ugly Duckling in my fruit bowl|
I'm really not even sure how it got there. Did I buy it by accident? Was it a gift from one of my wife's students? Maybe it is an advanced listening device installed by our landlords?
In any event it has been sitting on our fruit bowl now for a couple of weeks. When it first arrived we thought it was some sort of tomato because it was green, like a tomato that isn't ripe. Now it is red. Does that mean we can eat it now? Whatever it is?
I suspect that it is one of those Chinese fruits that are so popular at the moment. Some poor Chinese peasant probably picked it and put it in a train. The train travelled a thousand kilometres to the port. From the port the ship took our little fruit across oceans before arriving somewhere in Europe. Then some truck driver drove another thousand kilometres to deliver it to our shop.
Now, somehow it is sitting in my fruit bowl.
I must eat it. To do anything less would be insulting to the Chinese peasant who picked it from his (or her) tree, the train driver, the captain of the ship, the truck driver and the shop assistants who made it possible for this fruit to sit in my fruit bowl. Even though I still have no idea what it is.
Does anybody know what it is and what I should do with it?
Here is another view (if it helps)