This is what strawberries look like in the wild.
Look! My mom found a good one. You see, these strawberries try to fool the first time picker.
At first, because you’re from the desert, you are just so excited to be picking real strawberries that you grab at the first ones you see! So what if there is a bit of green on its side, or end, or all over. So what if it’s the size of a penguin’s webbed toe. It’s a strawberry!
But then, you go down a row or two and you realize that you have been fooled! You have to be patient and look hard for the big strawberries that are red all over. And if you are patient and look hard, you end up with something like this.
Now, the four-year old and the three year old didn’t quite get this concept. See exhibit A below:
BAD strawberry! It needs at least 2 or 3 more days in the sun. I had to stop myself from saying something like, ‘Susanna, why aren’t you an expert strawberry picker yet?’ But, you know, this is an acquired skill. Not everyone has it. Not everyone has it.
But look, at the end of the day, if you get pictures like this with your kids holding hands unsolicited and walking in between raspberry bushes, it’s been a good day.