Friend Fruit

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 14.472% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

After my surgery, I received many wonderful gifts.  And I still plan on thanking the folks responsible for those things, for they were each treasures; on days when I felt like I wanted to give up, I’d get a card or a drawing or a video, and suddenly I was reminded why life was worth living.  And that was beautiful, and I can’t let it go unpassed.
But there’s one gift that arrived afresh today: Friend Fruit.
You see, when I fell sick, my online critique group was deeply concerned for me.  Which was sweet; we’d all done Viable Paradise together, we’d somehow kept in touch and kept critiquing the shit out of each other.  I’d read their novels, their stories, pumped the fist at their publications.
And being creative writers, they devised a thoughtful gift to keep me around: a subscription to the Fruit of the Month club.  First month: oranges.
Friend fruit!
The thing is, I still don’t like fruit all that much.  But every morning, when I woke up, I thought, “My friends want me to eat healthy.”  And so I ate an orange, which I labelled “friend fruit.”  My family shared in my fruit, and together we ate well, and that made me happy.
Yesterday, the second shipment of friend fruit arrived: grapefruits.  I’ve never had grapefruits.  I don’t know whether I’ll like them.  But I do know that I’ll smile as I eat them, because it was a gift given by some thoughtful buddies of mine.  And that makes these fruit all the sweeter.
So thank you, Lara, George, Miranda, George, Sean, Christian, and Eric.  I’m gonna eat some grapefruit today.  For you.


  1. Lyn Belzer-Tonnessen
    Mar 22, 2013

    I know it may be counteractive to what you’re trying to achieve, but you might want to give this a whirl:

  2. Noah Lesgold
    Mar 22, 2013

    Please double check that none of the medications you are on have interactions with grapefruit juice before you have any. It is very common for grapefruit juice to alter the way that medications are absorbed by the body.

  3. Jericka
    Mar 24, 2013

    Fruit is awesome! You have wonderful friends.
    Grapefruit, however, I was warned not to eat because the enzymes in that particular fruit can mess with my medications and either boost or nullify them. You might want to run it by your pharmacist or doctor to check. Just in case.

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