Friday, November 7, 2008

Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit

You’ve heard that cliché before. In business, “Pick the low-hanging fruit” simply means to take the easiest deal. Its derivation is obvious. The lowest fruit on a tree is the easiest to pick. You simply reach up and pluck it off.

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been eying some guavas on a neighbor’s tree that’s been hanging over our driveway, one in particular. Each day it got yellower and yellower. Each day I could see the pesky bulbul birds also giving it the eye.

Today, I succumbed and picked the guava. I mean, it was just hanging there, low and easy to grab. I think I’ll let it sit for a day or so, then slice it up and enjoy the watermelon-pink flesh with vigor, which I’m sure will take me back to my youth when we used to raid wild guava trees on bike rides in Hilo, Hawaii, where I grew up.

My grandmother’s words will echo in my mind as I eat the guava: “Don’t eat too many guavas, or the seeds will collect in your appendix and you’ll have to get an operation.”


casch said...

LOL!! reminds me that we weren't supposed to swallow gum for the same reason! I also recall my Mom telling me I couldn't eat raw potatoes or I'd get worms.

Rebecca said...

Let us know if it's good!

(I believed that if I ate an apple seed, a tree would grow in my tum. Yup, I was a bright kid.)

Bevlove said...

WOW ... I thought this was a huge lemon ... and I thought guavas were orange colored. Hmmm ... maybe I'm thinking of a papaya. Well, that tells you what I know ... LOL.