I awoke today to Kenne’s cluck-clucking “tisk-tisk.” There she was, on the bedpost, observing us in our sleep. If you don’t know who Kenne is, she will be shocked, as she is the self-imposed “Queen” of Manners, Etiquette and the Maintenance of Ladylike Behavior and Honor (click here for more info on her madness)
“You both,” she noted with a shrill feathered-swoop, “have too-big tummies for your middle-aged status. You, m’lady, as the lady of the house, must start feeding your M. more pomegranate juice – not to mention consume some yourself! You are going to get F-A-T.”
Sighing and turning over, I tried to tune out Kenne and her constant observations about my weight – I find that in people of a certain generation and class – appearances are everything. Although, I must admit, my students often comment on these things as well.
Can you imagine a classroom of students commenting on your weight? Well, that’s my fate in the classroom. Last week, two of them asked me if I was pregnant! M. tells me that there is NO WAY that I look pregnant, even though I am overweight. It’s enough to re-awaken the whole beach obesity debates in Bodrum that almost led me to don a burquini for the shock factor! Now that I have tenure, I am going to have to come up with some sort of snarky response to stop that train before it leaves the station. “How would it be,” I could say to them, “if I commented on YOUR weight in front of the classroom?”
As we got up, I found pomegranate-related notes and images across the apartment. She had clearly been up all night. Indeed, her trusty-dusty handmaiden, Zenne, the nervous Nellie puppet, known to quiver like a bowl of quince jelly on most occasions, was still asleep after a night’s labor. I guess it was bad enough to take some heed of the somewhat-snotty, in-our-business puppet’s words – I suppose there is a grain of truth in everything.
Let’s get to peeling pomegranates!
- Pomegranate Benefits (countryandvictoriantimes.com)
- Pomegranate Trees (forest-sea.com)
- Purple fig and pomegranate jam recipe (telegraph.co.uk)
- D. H. Lawrence’s “Pomegranate” (theparisreview.org)
- Tropical Couscous with Pomegranate (iamdelicious.typepad.com)
- Pomegranates: How to Shop For (and Eat) This Delicious Fruit (dailysavings.allyou.com)
- Sparkling Pomegranate Punch (theflycandypost.com)