My Grandad grew 'em, and my Grandma canned 'em...
...but all this time of eating and loving it,
I never knew that OKRA is also called Ladies' Fingers.
(What lady has falon-like, claw-tips
at the end? Or a green hue? Or soft fur?)
It's name is likely derived from
an Igbo (Nigerian) word, 'okuru'.
I chase the origins of words,
because I always want a deeper grasp
of a word's source, and roots.
It's rare and refreshing to find an acknowledged
word-route, of an English word that links to Africa.
Historical and linguistic erasures are maddening!
Anyway, the cross-section of okra
is a beautiful mandala.
But that's true of all fruit.
Yes, okra is considered a fruit.
A fruit, by definition, is a SEEDED organism.
Watermelons and other 'foods' that have been de-seeded,
have been 'modified' so badly, they don't even fit
their original definition anymore.
and nature will grasp you.
and nature will botch you.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾