EVER CRAVE A SPECIFIC food for days, even weeks?
Lately, I’ve craved oranges.
Now that’s a healthy alternative to the chips and chocolate I
sometimes often desire.
While I can’t pinpoint the exact reasons for my orange obsession, I can theorize. This has been a long and snowy winter in Minnesota. When I see and feel and taste an orange, I temporarily escape to a warm, sunny climate like Florida or California. Seriously. If you live in Minnesota, you know exactly what I mean.
And then there’s the color. Orange. It’s sunny, bright, uplifting. After way too many wake-up-in-the-dark and dark-by-five-o’clock days, I need an orb of cheerfulness to stave off a potential case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Orange is, after all, opposite
blue the blues on the color wheel.
Oranges also quench my seemingly endless thirst. That thirst, I concluded, is related to my dried out skin which is caused by the furnace running too much and drying out the air during these endless winter days. True or not, a juicy orange hits the spot.
No, rather these are the musings of a winter-weary Minnesotan who tastes summer in an orange.
P.S. I will accept any and all free shipments of oranges to my snow-encased Faribault home. Thank you.
© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling