A fact about my family is that we eat bunches of bananas. No, we don’t eat the bunches in one sitting, though I am guessing we could if challenged; but, we do eat several bananas a week.
Do you like bananas? How do you eat your bananas? Have you had a peanut butter and banana sandwich? If not, try it. (Though, please do not try it if you have a peanut allergy.)
My youngest loves peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwiches. Yes, all three on one sandwich. Come to think of it, I don’t remember the last time he had a plain peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
We put a banana in every smoothie we make, which we make daily. My husband takes a banana with him to work, while I eat a banana every day along with a mixture of raw tree nuts.
Because we go through bananas quickly, I go to the grocery store to buy bananas and restock our supply, frequently.
Oftentimes, during the week, my trips to the grocery store are quick, and I am buying five items or less. If I am buying ice cream, and only ice cream, it takes me less than 10 minutes; however, if I am buying bananas, it takes me more than 10 minutes … just to pick out the bananas.
Recently, I walked into a grocery store for two items – just two items: ice cream and bananas.
As I walked towards the produce department of the grocery store, I witnessed an amazing thing.
A women wheeled her cart next to the bananas and stopped for a moment. She glanced at the bounty of banana bunches, immediately grabbed one bunch of bananas, and placed the bunch in her cart. Within seconds, she was out of the produce department.
I stopped dead in my grocery cart wheel tracks. What just happened? I wondered.
I shook my head and blinked my eyes. Did I just see what I thought I saw? How did she do that? How did she just go up to the bananas, pick a bunch, and wheel her cart away? I didn’t notice a super-hero cape on her. She looked like a normal human being, possessing no super powers.
Sure, using my not so super-hero power of peripheral vision, I noticed folks walking up to the bunches of bananas and leaving with a bunch long before I had decided which bunch I wanted. Yes, using my not so super-hero power of hearing, I moved to the left or moved to the right as directed by the bunch of banana buyers, able to find their perfect bunch in an incredibly short amount of time.
As I wheeled my cart up to the bananas, again I asked myself, “How did she do that?!”
I stared at the bananas. Some bunches were green; some bunches were yellow; some bunches were heavily speckled; some bunches were lightly speckled; and, some bunches were not speckled but bruised. I moved to the left, allowing someone to grab a bunch. I moved to the right, allowing another person grab a bunch. I watched through the corners of my eyes, as bunches of bananas disappeared one by one, each taken by someone grasping a super power that escaped me.
Twenty minutes later, I determined which bunch of bananas was the best bunch, and I continued on to complete the rest of my grocery shopping. To this day, I wonder how in the world that mystery woman picked out her bananas so quickly. Witnessing her super power was amazing.
Banana Tip: Pulling the bananas apart from the banana bunch slows the ripening process.