Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tue Pose a Question

Thanks for playing my Q & A game last week. I enjoyed it muy macho!

This week I had a wonder as I was stepping over the wormy apples that fall from my neighbor's tree into our yard. It seems like all apples that grow on trees in yards have worm holes, does it not? That simple act of stepping over wormy apples set my brain in motion. I keep thinking about apples and worms. My little wondering brain wondered to myself what I would do if I bought an apple at the store and it had a worm in it!? Ewe.

What would I do? I think it would depend on what I was using it for. If I was just eating it, I would set it down and squeench a little bit (you know... shiver with yuckiness and have various muscles in my body clench in creepy ways {shoulders, gluteus maximus, thighs}. My brother invented the word squeench, btw), and then take it back to the store and demand my money back. If I had a specific plan for said apple, ie: apple pie, apple cake... something recipe-ish... I would cut around the wormhole, squish the worm, squeench again, and then cut up the apple and use it because I would have no time to go to the store and demand my money back because I don't plan well and I would most likely need whatever I was making in one hour... exactly ten minutes short of the amount of time needed to make whatever I'm making. That's how I seem to operate most of the time.

Funny thing is, when I make something from the yard apples, that consistently have a wormhole or a worm, it doesn't phase me. Expectations are the key here. I expect them in yard apples. I don't in chemical-filled store apples.

So... how bout you? If you got a worm in a store bought apple, would you squeench and throw a fit, or would you proceed with your original objective? ;)

18 comments:

Kristin said...

I'd most likely proceed with my original objective... I don't have time or energy to throw fits! :)

amy said...

i have definitely come across worms in store-bought apples--pears too.

most yard apples fall because they have a buggy in them that kills that connection to the tree. sometimes they get to that past ripe stage, the stem dies, they fall to the ground, and THEN get a buggy in them.
when birds get to them, it takes longer for them to fall--birds don't get to the inside...
having had an apple tree in my yard all my life, these are my observations ;)

amy said...

to answer the question: i squeench and then set it down--see if i could come back to it later.

Ginny said...

why not just use an entirely different apple?? I don't like bugs in my edibles and I usually overbuy to compensate for my potential errors, so I throw the contaminated apple away and hope he was a loner worm!

Polly said...

I definitely would squeench at a wormy store-bought apple. You're right... there are definitely expectaions that get us through life.
I remember your wormy cherries when we were kids and it didn't even faze ya'll. We weren't used to it so much, though and I think we must have sqeenched a little. I had the same experience with my kids a few years ago when my VT gave us some cherries from her yard...one worm hole and my kids were too grossed out to touch home-grown cherries.

So, shall we just lower our expectations of the world and everything in it so that we could always tolerate what happens? I think not. LOL

Leah said...

We did have the lovely experience of having wormy apples from the store one time, and it was pretty awful. I cut into four of the five apples we'd purchased and found wriggling green worms inside. We figured the time/effort/gas involved of going back to the store for a refund wasn't worth it and just chucked them out.

I've been known to cut moldy parts off a block of cheese and use the rest. I've been known to pluck sprouty things off potatoes, peel them a little deeper than I normally would have, and used the remainder. And I can see cutting around wormy holes in an apple, assuming the worm was long gone. But the ones we had were still in there and I was way too grossed out to mess with it

bv said...

Fit throwing right here! Absolutely not acceptable from store bought food! As you said, it's all about expectations!

MERRIANNE said...

shoot Clancy... i'm a KUNTRY GAL... we just cut around the li'l varmindts, feed them to the chickens and then eat the apples!!

it's the kuntry way of doin' things. ♥
seriously.

Mags said...

I wouldn't squeench (mainly because I don't know what that really sounds like)but I wouldn't cook with it. I'd throw it away-not because I don't think you can't cut around it, but because while eating the pie I would keep thinking about it.

Connie said...

I would definitely squeench if it was an apple I was taking bites out of (not cutting up). I would squeench and maybe gag a little and get rid of the apple and spit out whatever I had in my mouth when I bit into it.

If I was cutting the apple, I would cut around worm holes and use the rest. But any apples with live, wiggling worms would have to go. Ugh, just the thought of it made me shudder just now. (Is that the same as squeench?) Yuck! But I would not take them back to the store. Just a risk you take with produce in my opinion.

Your post made me both crave apples and feel a little nervous to eat one right now.

Connie said...

PS: I love the link to my blog on the side. Ahhh good times.

corinne said...

Clancy, thank you for saying "HI"! It is good to hear from you. Your blog is so fun to read, I will have to put it on my list.

As far as the apple thing is concerned, I would probably squeench and throw it away...I don't like to eat things that are moving. I would most likely try another apple but rather than bite right into it I would be cautious and use a knife.

Big Sis said...

Hmmm... this is a really REALLY interesting post. at first i'd sqeench but then I'd be done with the figeting or worries. i might try to taste around it (the worm trail that's all brown), then maybe lick it, then maybe even try a teensy bit of the wormy trail WITH enough of the good apple part so as to try to disguise the browni-ness worm bit.

perspective & expectations: as many people have listed here, it's all about expectations. why not pass on grace to the grocer (& the worm for that matter) like christ did for us? i know it might sound a little weird in this secular setting of a post, but think about it in a bigger context: the apple grew because the sun shines every day, but by the grace of god; the farmer cares for it everyday, by the grace of god; the worm lives (by the grace of god) on the trees & needed sustinence & maybe housing for a bit, after all he might have a family(by the grace of god) to feed too. i wouldn't bother with returning it or anything- there's too many other wonderful things to experience, love & live for everyday than worrying about the grocer's wormy apple. who knows: maybe god was calling you to round up all those apples & use them for beauty & goodness somewhere somehow, by looking at it in a new light with love & grace filtered glasses!

Em said...

Look, I am still up...hmmm...no good. I need a group or something for crazy blogging blog stuff. I am addicted to Facebook too. What next. Yikes!

K- Loves...Em

Michelvis said...

Heya Clance!

I have 2 theatres both 227 seats each. I'm going to see what the traffic is over the next few weeks and either keep or drop the 2nd theatre. :)

Kaci said...

Yuck! I would just chuck it though and not do anything.

Matt and Katie said...

Clancy, I just love your blog. It's so creative, you're such a great writer. Looks like you've got a crazy fun life going on in Idaho. Good for you! :)

Genene said...

K, I would squeench for a few secons, then cut around the said yuckiness an eat or use the apple. Heck, I've even been known to eat around the yuckiness and just avoid it. I may have had an expectation to begin with and I've learned to let my expectations go real fast sometimes. It serves me well when I don't cling to expectations that trip me up. (yep, I'm growing & changing all the time Clank, huh?)

Part 2. I LOVED Emily's comment! Ha, LOL, I really did laugh out loud! cuz..... ME TOO! on the Facebook thing. I'm overcoming my addiction I think. It's hard to tell right now :P I'm still in the early stages of even noticing I was addicted and then figuring out how to "step away from the computer".

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