reward (rɪˈwɔːd) n
- something given or received in return for a deed or service rendered
- profit or return
Our vecino stopped by early this afternoon to thank SU for lending him his saw to clear some brush. After we chatted about how hot it is he indicated that he’d brought with him a saco de naranjas del granjero como regalo. As I had answered the door I thanked him back and took the sack of oranges that were our gift straight from the farmer into the house while SU chatted for a few more minutes.
I pondered the gift, grateful on one hand, but at the same time kicking myself for not following my instincts and purchasing an electric citrus juicer I’d seen recently. The native oranges can be sweet and juicy or sour and not much good for anything but flavouring other foods. These were lovely juicing and eating oranges but these native oranges have a large amount of seeds unlike the Florida or California oranges whose seeds have been mostly bred out of them.
I set to work while SU mostly disappeared somewhere to help the vecino with something else. By the time he returned I had juiced the bag, and eaten two. I used the time for contemplation, mostly about how juicing the oranges by hand was probably doing a world of good for my biceps and triceps.
Now we have a full jug of juice in the fridge for my return for taking the time to juice the oranges and a few bags solidifying in the freezer for future use as our reward for SU’s good deed…in the campo.
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