Sunday 20 September 2009

Never stop laughing...

Pomegranate of consternation

What qualities do you look for in a relationship?

Potential for longevity? Humour? Trust? Romance? All of the above?

I want this....

My parents have been married for nearly 40 years. They've had their ups and downs, battled through various fairly major problems and worries and come out the other side, stronger than ever. How? Because they've never stopped laughing.

My Dad bought a pomegranate in 2007. It cost about 50p. My Mum is well known for her... 'thriftiness'. She hates waste. Needless to say, he didn't eat the pomegranate. The pomegranate sat in the fruit bowl for weeks, months, eventually becoming hardened and wizened. It actually made a very convincing rattle when you shook it. The pomegranate became a source of much consternation for my Mum. "But it cost 50p! I can't believe you've not eaten it!". One day my Mum snapped and threw it in the bin but, unbeknownst to her, my Dad retrieved it shortly after.

Fast forward a few months.. It's Christmas Day morning. The sound of jingle bells fills the air. The smell of cooking turkey pervades the atmosphere. Bucks fizz is sparkling in champagne flutes. My Mum is opening a beautifully wrapped present, complete with ribbons and bows and a heartfelt handwritten tag.

Is it perfume? Some fancy chocolates? Some lovely jewellery.

No. It's the pomegranate.