Sunday, September 25, 2011

Parking Lot Mystery

Yesterday I visited the public library to read the latest issue of NC's Our

State Magazine
and do some research. Before going inside the library, while parking my car it sounded like something hit the roof.

Looking around on the pavement near my car I saw many little green prickly-like yucky things. They reminded me of a green starfish, minus one of it’s spiny points. Tires had flattened a few. Others were all brown and mushy, resembling some tiny creature from the Black Lagoon.

After I stopped wrinkling my nose I noticed something all nice and shiny. It looked like a nut so I picked it up and examined it. I wondered, “Hummm, could this be a buckeye?”

When I returned home I began a Google search and in 15 to 20 minutes I found my answer. I had solved the mystery in the library parking lot! That shiny object was a brown edible chestnut. Those green yucky prickly-like things were pods cradling the chestnuts forming inside. When the pods turn brown they hold mature chestnuts. The edible chestnut can have one or more flat sides and on one end the nut comes to a point.

I smiled. Sometimes I’m too busy to pay attention to life around me. If only I can remember to be more aware of my surroundings, I can learn something new each and every day. Now…if I can just find a folktale to combine with this lesson.