Did you ever play this guessing game as a child? Well, I am in Alaska visiting my mom and I found an object in a “still life” on her dining room table and it had me questioning when a vegetable might become an animal. When and how might that transformation occur?
My mom is known for occasionally letting her fruit and veg supply exceed her needs, which results in a certain amount of decomposition in crisper drawers and vegetable baskets. But never before had I seen, nestled on a plate among other fruits and veg, a sweet potato that had not only sprouted but had begun to develop leaves. This required further investigation, so, I called my sister.
When I told Cathy about the curiously developing spud, she exclaimed, “is it still there?” Apparently, rumors of this tater have been floating about between my siblings and their offspring for a while. Cathy’s daughter had reported on it on a visit in December and Cathy was surprised to hear that Bess hadn’t disposed of the tuber at that time. Then, in a call from my older brother, the potato was once again remarked upon. But still it sits, seemingly in pride of place, on my mother’s dining room table.
I am evolving a theory that having let the potato develop as far as it has, everyone is afraid to dispose of it for fear of upsetting some cosmic balance. What I do know is that it is beginning to look strangely at home and that worries me.
Let me know what you think.