Life is Like a Bowl of Bananas

“You know how, when you peel a banana, you just never know what you’re going to get?” Mom blurted out the other morning when I brought in her breakfast.  “That’s kind of what life’s like.”

“You mean like it might have a brown spot?” I commented.

“No, not that.  More like it might be green.”

“As in not ripe?”

“No, not that.  More like it’s a weird banana.  Some kind that you never had before.”

“Okay, so you peel this banana and under the yellow skin it’s green.  How’s that like life?” I asked.

“Because you go along thinking that life is like a bowl of bananas and then you get a green one and it screws you all up.”

“A bowl of bananas screws you up?”

“No, just the green one.”

“Alrighty, so then what do you do?” I asked, waiting expectantly for a bit of Mama Gumpish insight.

“I don’t know,” she replied with a shrug.  “I guess you take a bite and if it tastes bad you throw it in the trash.”


“No, the green banana.”

“Okay, but what does that have to do with life?”

“It just goes to show you; you never know what you’re going to get when you grab a banana out of the bowl.”

“So I guess you should live your life to the fullest, right?”

“No, you just shouldn’t eat a green banana.  It’ll probably make you sick.”



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