I spent the summer of 2004 in Surfside, FL staying with my friend who lived four blacks from the ocean. I subletted my East Village apartment to a couple of college students for the summer. I rented a car to drive down with my dog, Xena. To help with the drive, I put an ad on Craig’s List for a ride share. I met Beth who wanted to drive to Atlanta with her dog. Our dogs got along so off we went! Beth and I are still friends today – it was one of the best Craig’s List connections ever!
I took the summer off to take a creative break. It was a wonderful gift to be able to spend a summer writing, thinking, reading and making art. Every morning when I work up in the morning, I would find mangoes on the ground. The neighbor had a 🥭 mango tree 😊. I love mangoes!
I started photographing them and then I started drawing them. Finding inspiration in mangoes ignited the passion to being an artist!
I will be forever grateful for my friend Dean xoxo
Trickydame Life Lessons: from peeling mangos
Cut the Mango in half with a sharp knife – one half will have the pit. Then you have two choices (life is always full of at least two choices)
CHOICE ONE: Use your fingers
- Take the half with out the pit and gently turn the skin inside out. This allows you to pull the juicy fruit away from the skin. There is always a little bit of meat left on the skin, so you will want to take your fingers and slide them over the peel and get the juice and the flesh off. It is good to do this over a bowl so the clean up is easier but also so you will be able to use all of the juice that comes from the Mango.
- Discard the peel.
- Take the other half, the one with the PIT and do the same thing, turn it inside out and peel the juicy fruit off of the skin. There is a lot of more fruit on this half. Take the pit in your hand and just squeeze it over the bowl. Fruit will go in between your fingers and it can be quite messy. However, it also feels very good if the Mango is warm.
CHOICE TWO: Use a Knife
- After cutting the Mango in half, take the knife and slice the skin off of the fruit as if you were cutting a potato or apple. The half with the pit, you will cut the mango off in large chunks, carefully slicing close to the pit.
- Your fingers will get a little sticky in the process however, this is what happens with MANGOS as in life. It’s about accepting the Messy part of life because if you can get past the sticky part, what you are left with can be very delicious.