Wild vines trailing long-
Thriving unfenced, untended.
Animals don’t feast?
Several weeks ago, during a walk around our neighborhood, we spotted a cluster of strange vines growing on an empty lot. Upon closer inspection, we identified it as watermelon.
Of course, I had to take pictures because our watermelons never made it this far. We had two garden areas last year, both fenced in. One garden was ravaged early on by rabbits, who squeezed under the fencing. They were greedy – they ate the plant sprouts before fruit could begin to develop.
Our second garden survived most of the summer. While neighbors lamented the destruction of their plants by various wildlife, I declared that our garden thrived. Neighbors commented on our beautiful zucchini and tomato plants.
And then the elk came. They ransacked the garden and what was left died within a couple weeks.
This is why the wild watermelons are so perplexing. It made me wonder if the animals around here prefer a challenge. You know, bragging rights amongst their kin when they outsmarted the ridiculous attempts to deter them. Or, perhaps they have become so accustomed to the good stuff being locked up (like expensive wine) that they don’t bother to look outside the fencing.
Then another thought occurred to me: I might be over-thinking it. Maybe the wild watermelon is just one of those unexpected things in life to make us take a pause. Perhaps it’s not meant to be understood- just simply enjoyed.
After watching the news this weekend, I’m all for simple enjoyment. I’m trying to shake a hopeless feeling… the restlessness I feel whenever I’m saddled with the weight of current events. Watermelons flourishing when all logic says they shouldn’t distracts me from the beheadings, bombings, civil unrest and earthquakes.
To me, these watermelons are more than just plants. They are hope.
And I hope your Monday brings you joy!
P.S. If you came here looking for fiction, I hope you’ll check back later this week – I’ll be posting a story for another of Emilio Pasquale’s photos. This is the third in an unofficial monthly challenge 🙂