I made the delicious juice pictured above, when I had some fruit that need to be quickly used up. I had two pints of strawberries that were past their prime so could not be enjoyed as is and a huge watermelon that the kids just wouldn't get into. I thought to myself that I would not buy anymore strawberries and watermelons since the season was almost past . As fall has officially arrived, this fruit juice was my way of saying good-bye to the summer.
And then I began pondering the word "good-bye" and all the different ways it could be said, and all the different meanings behind it. I said it with a variety of inflections, changing the specific meaning of what it meant. Here are some of my favorites.
Good-bye summer (wistfully): reminiscing on the wonderful summer, yet at the same time looking forward to fall clothing.
Good-bye (gleefully): said when dropping kids off at school, while you are on your way to something fun, and not kid-involved (like a pedicure)
Good-bye (angrily): said when you fight with husband and just want to get out of the same space
Good-bye (reassuringly): said to parents when their child is crying about being dropped off at Sunday School.
Good-bye (sadly): said when putting someone you love on an airplane for the umpteenth time.
Make this fruit juice as your last goodbye to the summer. You can spike it if you'd like, but I really thought it wonderfully delicious and refreshing. Son and Daughters, the same three kids who wouldn't eat the fruit gulped down this juice concoction and demanded more immediately.
Strawberry Watermelon Juice
Makes 4 cups
3 cups of cut and cubed watermelon
3 cups of strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into pieces
In a blender, or with a hand blender and a bowl, blend fruit together until smooth. You can add ice and crush it if you like (for more cold refreshment) or simply just use nice cold fruit.
Serve it and say good-bye to the summer. (wistfully.)