My everyday hero today probably doesn’t think of herself as a hero. But I do. I ran into her on my way to work this morning.
She’s a colleague in the same office and was running late for a meeting. It was tough keeping up with her pace and she explained she was so rushed this morning, she’d had time to give her daughter breakfast but not herself. And hadn’t packed herself a lunch either, but had thrown some fruit in her bag for later.
We scurried along in tandem then, when I looked over to say something to her, she’d disappeared.
I turned around and this running-late, no-breakfast, working mom had stopped and was bending down to the sidewalk. She took an orange out of her purse and placed it gently in the tattered ball cap that lay beside the homeless man stretched out on the pavement.
“Was that your breakfast?” I asked as we continued walking to work.
“Ya,” she said quietly.
Note to self: Leave a healthy snack on this everyday hero’s desk.
Did you know?:
- The orange is technically a hesperidum, a type of berry. [Wow, did not know that.]
- The orange was the first fresh fruit to bear a trademark. In 1919 the California Fruit Growers Exchange burned ‘Sunkist’ on their oranges.
- In Queen Victoria’s day, oranges were given as Christmas gifts in England. [My mom still does this. As kids, we thought this was one step up from getting a lump of coal, however.]
- Florida produces about 70% of the total U.S. crop, and 90% of its production goes to make juice.
- Brazil produces more oranges than any other country.
- A popular demonstration at the 1922 Los Angeles County Fair was how to make toothpaste from orange by-products. [May I just pause to say, ewwwwww.]
- Oranges were introduced to Hawaii in 1792.
- The most valuable fruit crops in the United States are in order, grapes, apples, oranges and strawberries (2000).
P.S. Here’s a cool song, “Breakeven,” from U.K. band The Script. Enjoy!