Today it was exceptionally hot. Early in the morning all the windows and shades were closes up and late in the day I could not stand it and turned on the air conditioner for a while. I'm sure that it was at least 37 C today (98F) and with the merciless sunshine that is to be expected of summer. So this evening we had water as a snack and later with dinner, quite refreshing, but every time I cut a watermelon I am especially careful because I saw it go quite wrong once.
My family was at Great Sand Dunes National Park, though in those days it was only a national monument. We had a nice (if hot) day exploring the sands. We hiked up one of the lower peaks and decided that was enough, we were not going to go all the way in to climb the highest dune. Instead we returned to Medano Creek and played in the sand, all five of us. Mother, Father, Stefan, Christine, and myself. A bit of playing in the sand especially in the creek was followed by Christine returning to the fifth-wheel to cut up a watermelon.
Watermelons have a nice tough rind and she was probably working with a knife that was not exceptionally sharp so she gave it a really good push. Unfortunately her hand was in the way of the knife and she gave herself a severe cut. Nothing life or limb threatening, but enough to ruin her day and also the melon. Ever since then if possible I go after melons with a serrated knife so I can saw through instead of exposing myself to the sudden failure of the rind and the knife flying through what previously seemed quite tough.
THIS is important!!!
5 years ago