Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Most Unusual Orange

This morning, I was going through the cafeteria line for breakfast, and I grabbed an orange from the fruit bowl. Only it was.....different. The best way to explain it is to show you:

I shared it with the Sisters at my table and we were impressed with the straight lines. I then took it back to the novitiate. The other novices and I decided that what might look like a "quality control oversight" is none other than sheer ingenuity.

Then Sr. Regina Rose and I penned a toast, similar to the ones in the  "Real Men of Genius" radio ads (Bud Light). Here it is:

Here's to you, Mr. Produce Painter guy!
While other guys are out painting chapel ceilings and creating full blown  art exhibits,
you sit at home thinking of the most complicated styles of engraving, etching, hatching, and cubism for this year's fruit and produce.
No ordinary designs will do.
No simple, monochromatic color schemes.
You strive to make every scrap of produce a sublime piece of craftsmanship; a stimulating masterpiece.
So crack open a nice, cold carton of eggnog, Mr. Produce Painter Guy!
Sit back and relish the stunning spectacle that is this year's Christmas fruit basket.


  1. Sounds like you are having fun and that is a most important quality in my experience. Taking joy and pleasure in small matters enlarges the mind and heart. I think it is also very Franciscan as when Francis could pick up two sticks and play an imaginary violin. Here's to you two, merry makers in solitude and in community. Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh, my goodness! I am laughing so hard! That is absolutely hilarious if you are familiar with the ad. Sounds like there is no shortage of humor and good times in the Novitiate!

  3. You girls are hilarious!

  4. That is a funny orange! I have heard that florida oranges are orange, but California oranges are yellow. Because consumers expect them to be orange, they are dyed. Maybe that is what happened to yours, only it didn't rotate enough? I'm a lurker on your blog. Can't remember where I got here from. I am a convert (Easter Vigil 2011) from Protestantism.

  5. Thanks, Slimsdotter, for your comment. I did not know that about California oranges. In that case if I saw undyed California oranges next to Florida oranges, I would probably, like other consumers, expect the Florida ones to be sweeter. Interesting.

    Thanks for reading my blog. Congratulations on recieving the Sacraments of Initiation, and welcome to the Catholic faith!!! That's wonderful! Stay involved. You are in my prayers.


    Thank you Sr. Anne Marie and Mom for commenting, and for Sr. Regina Rose for your help. :) It was fun and I am glad that the fun could be shared with others!