15 Apr 2012

A - Z Writing Challenge: N

The letter for today is: N, where I feature nauseous and nectarine.

I'm constantly amazed at how the body works. It grows from a tiny baby to a young adult, through middle years of maturity, then ages. When it's cut, the skin heals over and broken bones knit together. Even bad memories fade. In the declining years, sagging muscles hit one with abhorrence. But, given good health and barring accidents, there's no halting the life-cycle. Notice I said one, rather than me. The sad fact is: old age has caught me at last, knocked me down with a flying tackle and left me sagging in a heap. No use railing against time.
No need to dwell on any indignity.
Better to eat a nectarine and enjoy the delicious succulent fruit. With any luck, I'll lose the ability to notice my fading looks.
Now, back to the subject. Not a very nice one either. Why did I choose this word nausea? Easily answered. If we never felt sick, how would we know enough to appreciate good health?
One process which helps the body deal with foreign substances is the natural reaction of nausea.  The body ejects bad food, poison or infection. Sometimes, trying to adapt to a new life growing inside, it causes nausea in a new mother.
No such nausea occurs when eating a nectarine. The body accepts fruit like a plant absorbs water.
Nectarine, freshly picked from a tree in the sunshine, is my favorite fruit.


  1. Nectarines, lovely! So much better than their peachy cousins with their velvet coats.

  2. Been noticing my fading looks and lack of energy, but you're right, why dwell on it? "Better to eat a nectarine and enjoy the delicious succulent fruit." So true. No matter the age, we're surrounded by gifts to enjoy and to delight in.

    Thank you for visiting! It is my memory of the days before plastic shopping bags that actually inspired me to make such a net. Blessings!

  3. When I was pregnant with my oldest son, I ate nectarines every day.


  4. Little nausea today, since I'm sick with the flu. But a nectarine sounds good, although I doubt I'll be able to taste it.

  5. Like nectarines because the mouth feel of the fuzz on peaches makes me nauseous :)

  6. Interesting link between your two "N" words. I often indulge in a morning fruit smoothie to ward off nausea! Fruit is nature's perfect food! Sweet and tasty! Yum!~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

  7. The body ..absolutely amazing! That's because we are children of God. --Yumm, now I want some nectarines!

  8. nectarines aren't exactly nauseating:)
    Happy A-Zing!

  9. I agree with the earlier comment about nectarines vs. peach fuzz. And I wonder if people who never feel nauseated appreciate how lucky they are...?

  10. Such different topics. I know to appreciate the good we have to experience the bad. But I do hate to be nauseated. Just stopping by to say hi on the challenge.

  11. You know, you're absolutely right. I've never had nausea after eating a nectarine!

    Your post made me realize that, in spite of the negative meaning, 'nausea' is an aesthetically interesting word. It has only two consonants out of six letters, while following a pattern of consonant-vowel-vowel. I like the way it looks and the way it sounds with its mostly soft character.

    Of course, the word 'nectarine' is no slouch either. Nice post!

  12. popping by on the challenge , great N

    ( http://theallotmenttimes.blogspot.co.uk/)

  13. Who said we have to grow old gracefully? Grow old? Sure, but gracefully? Not a chance!
    I use to love necatrines but they don't like me quite so much these days!

  14. Wishing I had some nectarines ripened on a tree just now... :)

    And I like your take on sickness being the conduit to appreciation of good health.

  15. Absolutely lovely post here! I enjoy how you combine concepts with fruit, and a nectarine sounds especially delicious and fresh, like spring. Enjoy every moment, Francene, and keep writing!


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