13 Apr 2012

A - Z Writing Challenge: M


The letter for today is: M, where I feature melancholy and melon.

I can hardly remember the last time a melancholy mood hit me.
Wait, maybe the time I sat with a slice of melon in front of me, gazing through a restaurant window at the ocean. On a visit to the land of my birth, the relaxed atmosphere and warmth filled me with a sense of loss. After ten years absence, and half the world separating us when I left England, I sat with my daughter and granddaughter in Australia.
Tears came to my eyes at the paradise I'd lost, and mixed with the beauty of the moment.
Then, I lifted a forkful of melon to my mouth. The soft flesh melted against my tongue and flavor exploded in my palate.
The contrast of eating a melon grown under the hot sun and one imported into England from half way around the world filled me with melancholy.
And the reason I swapped countries: love of a good man.
I breathed in the aroma of melon and threw off my melancholy.

22 comments:

  1. You are a long way from home and from me here in New Jersey. This is a beautiful piece, Francene. Thanks for sharing it.

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  2. Hmmmm, melons. I love watermelon in July.

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  3. Melon melancholy! Marvelus! Almost watermelon season in Texas, no meloncholy for me!

    Texas Playwright Chick

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  4. Beautiful post.... I'm so glad I came to read it...

    Thank you ...


    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

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  5. you have a new follower I am anxious to see what else you will write about..... =)



    Carri

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  6. Hello, Francene! This is a lovely post even though it's about a nostalgic time. You're so blessed to have a history with two of the world's most beautiful countries!

    Wishing you a great weekend and happy A to Z!!

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  7. Love today's post--I'll be back!!

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  8. Mmmm melon. I would love some fresh watermelon for a snack. I may need to go to the store!

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  9. Yes, I good man can change the direction of your life.

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  10. Lovely post, Francene. I could taste the melon and feel the tears.

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  11. What we won't do for the love of a good man! Lovely Francene very lovely!

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  12. Hello.
    This sounds like my wife's story...she's English born and bred. She gave up her entire life in the UK for love in the USA...for me. She has never looked back and life for me has never been sweeter (smile). Lovely post. Good luck with the rest of the challenge & thanks for sharing.

    Day 13/14: Make My Heart Drunk...

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  13. Aww, what a sweet story! Thanks for sharing. --Thank you also for stopping by and visiting my blog. :)

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  14. Isn't it amazing what makes us nostalgic? I'll bet you'll never look at melon quite the same. And all for true love. Great post! :) ~Angela

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  15. Ahh the things we do to be with the man of our dreams. :)

    I enjoyed your post. Have a great night!

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  16. Oh, I'm so glad I found your blog! It's beautiful! And your writing incredible. I'm savoring both much as the taste of the melon you so wonderfully described! Thanks for visiting mine - I meant to stop in before in return and kept running into you on other blogs till I finally said, "Enough! I'm finding her now!" I'm so glad I did. And now following as well. :)

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  17. Beautifully written!
    So glad you stopped by my blog so that I could find your treasure here.

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