When met with our prompt of “Fruit” today, I knew exactly what I was going to sketch. Sitting on our dining room table is a little blue carton with two Starkrimson pears. These are delicious crimson pears that show up at the end of summer and announce the beginning of autumn. They’re sweet and very juicy with a wonderfully smooth texture that makes them one of my favorite fruits. I adore pears, but have a penchant for the extra special varieties, which is a running joke that Philippe and I have. Once, a couple of years ago, Trader Joe’s was selling a 5-pack of Harry & David pears that cost almost 6 dollars. I squealed with delight upon seeing them, and Philippe grudgingly allowed me to put them in our shopping bag. Upon trying them, however, he scrunched up his nose and said they were good, but certainly not worth the “exorbitant” price. Then when we were in Whole Foods this past weekend, I saw my prize pears. As ever, I didn’t even look at the price because I had already determined that they would be coming home with me. As I grabbed them, Philippe appeared out of nowhere as he’s prone to do, and asked me how much they cost. I replied, “hmmm… it looks like they’re on sale today and marked ‘priceless’.”
Actually, they were a bit more expensive than the pears in the bag, but I wasn’t about to tell him that. And then the most amazing thing happened. When we were checking out, I noticed that because I’m a happy Amazon Prime member, I got a discount! It was awesome, because the only thing discounted on this trip were the pears. I flashed the receipt in front of Philippe, who just shrugged and and smirked in that way that admits neither victory nor defeat. It’s equal parts irritating and frustratingly cute. I didn’t need validation at that point, however, since I was just too excited to sample the wondrous pears. When we tried them the next day, Philippe wholeheartedly agreed that they were far superior. Okay, he agreed they were better and I might have embellished a bit there. Either way, I felt vindicated, but then had to wonder if he would have felt the same without the discount. Only two are left and they sit on the table like a little trophy that’s almost too good to eat. That’s silly, of course, as they’ll be devoured shortly after I post this, but I simply had to sketch them before they disappeared.
I’ve already made plans to return and get more this weekend, but since we only have one car and the store is a bit farther away, I’ll have to wait and see if Philippe agrees. Yet, a couple with only one car, even when they live in the city, has already figured out quite a few tricks when it comes to getting along well. While Philippe is much more hot-tempered than I am, I figure my happy-go-lucky approach tends to balance things out. And even if a rare argument manages to occur, we’ve never once gone to sleep angry. One thing we can both agree on consistently is that life is short and only the little things really matter along with ensuring the big things are well cared for like health and financial stability. Everything else sorts itself out in time and isn’t worth worrying over. And even in the moments when we’re arguing over the value of fruit, I know I’m with the exact person that I’m meant to be with in this crazy life. And though we’ll continue to go on many adventures together and do lots of notably fun things, the reality of what makes everything work can be entirely summed up in a tale of two blushing pears.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!