A Tale Of Two Blushing Pears

Red Starkrimson Pears Watercolor Illustration

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.

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31 Comments
  1. Zertab Quaderi 1 month ago

    Never had such crimson pears. They look delicious! Love your post!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕These pears are SO delicious… but alas, they’re gone now! hehe… we ate these and they were wonderful!

  2. Mariam Giafone 1 month ago

    Such a wonderful tale, and I love the imagery! I have the same thing with my husband and ‘figs’. Figs are such a short season and if I can get my hands on them – fresh – well, let’s just say we eat figs until they are coming out of our ears! I’m sure hubby would agree that it’s a good thing the season is short – HA! Will have to try and paint them the next time they are in the house (if I can manage before we devour them!)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe! Love that Mariam! 😃💕 Yeah, Philippe just remarked as we ate our last pears that they ripen too quickly! So we had to gobble them up right away! You should totally paint those figs! But I agree… I often end up working from my photos when it comes to food… food is meant to be devoured! lol

  3. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Great post Charlie and I’m glad that you got your pears! Your blue box makes me chuckle. I have been buying yummy little tomatoes from the farm stand and keeping those blue boxes. Blueberries and peaches have also come in those boxes I now have a stack of them in my studio as they are handy for putting under my wood panels when they are drying. There are usually watercolor paintings in various stages of completion as I mount them to the wood panels. It is quite a colorful state of creative madness. Who knew how useful those little blue boxes could be.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕hehe! Yay to those little blue boxes! I think they’re awesome! I just had to sketch them! And yay to lovely watercolors in various stages of completion. I’m determined to try that one day… hehe… but these days I just keep right on sketching stuff. 😊

  4. Bonnie Ottaviani 1 month ago

    Love the story about the pears — we have grocery store discussions about apricots. They are always expensive here and are hard to come by so I buy them when I can without ever looking at price. That creates some serious eye rolls from my husband. Love your sketch of those wonderful pears.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Bonnie! 😃💕hehe… yeah to just being that fruit! I think it’s a small price to pay for one of life’s most awesome simple pleasures!

  5. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Lovely post and painting! Those pears not only look delicious, but beautiful in shape and color as well.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yeah.. I totally love these pears. We ate them all, so I’m on a hunt this weekend! lol

  6. Loan Anh Pham 1 month ago

    Amazing blue box, freshing delicious pears. I love your beautiful sketch so much 🌹

  7. Lisa 1 month ago

    I love pears too. But I’ve never had these. Since Joe does the shopping that might explain it. He is notoriously cheap in some areas. Fruit being one of them. Plus, he doesn’t eat much fruit, so he doesn’t get the attraction. Since we have to go to town tomorrow and Thursday, maybe I can get him to pick some up while I’m at the doctor.

    I painted pears this summer. They turned out nice and I didn’t have any models.😂😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah, I think Joe need to pick up some of the more exotic fruit! 😃💕 hehe… these are SO delicious, if he ever tried them he’d never care about the price. Okay…. that’s going a bit far as I’m quite sure if they weren’t on sale Philippe would stop me, but still! 😉

  8. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    WOW! Love the pears AND the blue box. Will have to try this variety of pear; looks delicious and how could any fruit that color not be delicious. Good post, Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Glad you liked this! Yes, these pears are so delicious!! And also, not quite this red really as my scanner loved my colors a lot! lol But you should try them!

  9. Jodi 1 month ago

    Phillipe’s response reminds me of hubby and me. You and I are so alike! LOL!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe! Yay! I love hearing that as I think we are as well! 😃💕 Someday… we have to meet up!!

  10. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    I love the little basket. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen red pears. ?? I don’t like to eat pears, gritty, so I don’t pay much attention to them. Bahahwa! I agree, most things aren’t worth arguing about. I guess that is why I’ve been married 29 yrs this month. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, these aren’t gritty at all, so that’s why I like them! And why I demand the pricey pears! But I can’t quite convince Philippe of that. Yay to 29 years!! That’s certainly a tribute to saying, “argue? screw it! Let’s just be frickin’ happy!” lol

  11. Fatima Chamkha 1 month ago

    Love the bluebox with red pears doodle.Good job!

  12. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 1 month ago

    Oh beautiful pears!!! I am not familiar with them so must find lol. It is fun to try the new fruits that show up at the store 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yes, you simply must try these! They are SO delicious!

  13. Stephanie Louise 1 month ago

    Beautiful painting. Those pears look really juicy and ripened

  14. smzang 1 month ago

    Now I’m starving for a pear. I avoid grocery shopping on weekends but tomorrow I will break that rule
    and acquire the choicest ones I can find.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Awesome!! Glad I could tempt you! 😉 💕These pears are amazing and I insisted to Philippe that we go get more today. I have 5 fresh ones waiting for me now! hehe

  15. Bhagyashree 1 month ago

    Hey, you are a great artist! Loved the pears and the painting! Now I am craving for them😥
    I think next time you should share the fruits with your readers, instead of tempting them😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I would have shared these, but I ate them just after sketching them. 😊

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