When Jillian came to visit last weekend, I had to put my shenanigans on the back burner whilst I shared with you the phases of Cupcake. Here is the human side of the weekend.
Being surrounded by the bayou, the mister, the child, and the world’s most awesome cat meant that I was blanketed by a certain happiness because all points in the universe had converged. I understand that happiness is a fleeting notion, but when one is truly happy – i.e., in the now moment – it means that one does not even consider that the present perfection will end. Now is all that matters. And even when the moment has passed, the bliss will linger.
Jillian brought me a watermelon – a small one, just the size for the family to enjoy while we practically melt in these dog days of summer. (Cupcake doesn’t like watermelon.)
“You know, Jillian. We haven’t made watermelon teeth in a long time.”
“Seriously, Mom? I was going to make us some watermelon-infused water.”
“Sounds good. But we still have to make watermelon teeth.”
(Daughter rolls her eyes. Mother still likes to play, even though daughter is now twenty-something.)
2 cups diced watermelon
2 quarts water
Place the watermelon chunks into a two-quart pitcher and fill with water. Let steep for 3-4 hours in the refrigerator. You can leave the watermelon chunks in the pitcher and refill with water for up to three days.
What a refreshing treat!
Now, here’s the fun part – making watermelon teeth from the rinds. My daddy used to do this for me and my sisters every summer.
How to Make Watermelon Teeth
With a spoon, scrape all of the remaining pink off of the rind.
Cut a mouth-sized rectangle. Of course, this will depend of the size of the mouth, but for this exercise, let’s say 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches.
Carefully cut the white meat from the green rind.
Make the teeth by cutting a horizontal line 1/2 inch from one edge to within 1/2 inch of the other. Then cut several vertical slits 1/2 inch from the top and bottom.
Insert the dentures between your lips and teeth and voilà! A lovely set of watermelon teeth.
Here I am, basking in the glory of my new set of glamorous watermelon teeth.
The moment has, as predicted, passed. But the bliss has lingered. When this happens, a privileged situation becomes a perfect moment.
Oh wow Stacy, what fun! And your daughter rolled her eyes? She’s obviously not old enough yet to appreciate the fun of watermelon teeth! Her watermelon water sounds great for summer, I’ll be trying that out on my family soon. I’m sure they’ll love it as we all enjoy watermelon on hot summer’s days. Hold onto the bliss, dear Stacy, it can be done. 🙂
Gray Dawster said:
Now there’s a novelty, actually I might try this for one of
my videos, don’t worry I’m not cracking up, well maybe just
a little but then you haven’t seen one, if you had then you
would instinctively know just how nuts I really am 🙂 lol
You have a great sense of humour
if you don’t mind me saying so? 🙂
I don’t mind at all, Andro. I mean, who would love a beautiful pair of watermelon teeth? 😀
Gray Dawster said:
Well I certainly wouldn’t mind some 🙂 lol
El Guapo said:
doesn’t sound like the shennanigans were completely on hold.
As well they shouldn’t be.
Was it worthy of Friday Foolishness, even if it was on a Sunday? ❤
El Guapo said:
I just totally laughed right out loud. Watermelon teeth! Oh how hysterically funny. You’re the coolest, Stacy, and don’t you love these special moments of convergence? Will have to try that watermelon water sometime. It’s been so cool here recently (errrr….60 degrees right now) that I’ve been pining, please, please, Universe, won’t you make it to 78 one of these days again?
I beg the universe for those 78-degree days too, Kathy – but for the opposite reason – relief from the inferno! ❤
I love your thoughts on moments of happiness, Stacy. They really are something you just have to enjoy right then and there, but with the lovely, lingering memories to savor for later! I have some watermelon I haven’t cut yet and I will make some of the watermelon infused water for tomorrow. It is going to be hot and that will be so refreshing! And won’t Ol’ Blue Eyes be surprised when I greet him at the door with my new ‘dentures’. If I can keep from doubling over with laughter! Those are great, Stacy! I think I am going to have fun with those! I had a cat once when my children were small that looked just like Cupcake. He would put his little paws around my neck when I picked him up. My daughter used to dress him up in doll clothes and roll him around in the doll carriage! There is something about those long haired grey cats that are so sweet. Hugs, xo
I cannot wait to hear about how Blue Eyes responds to your new look, Karen! What a sweet little cat you had to hug your neck. Cupcake has her own ideas about everything, and hugging is not in her repertoire. ❤
Oh my; you are somebody! I’ve never seen watermelon teeth before! Looks like you flossed the lower ones to rigorously… I bet you had fun and a very happy time. Oh, that grandcat of yours is a steal too.
This is perfect for taking you through the dog days of summer!
Funny how these traditions stick, isn’t it? I just can’t have watermelon without making teeth from the rinds, all because my father used to do that for us. ❤