Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Persimmon Forecast

Our great nephew Jordan was still having issues today. His mom started to school with him but he still didn't feel well. She called and asked if I'd pick him up.

Jilda taught an early morning class for the staff where she works, but when she got home, I headed out.

On the way home, he told me about things he'd been learning in school. He described the difference between similes and metaphors. I thought he'd just learned the terms. I wanted to check, so I asked him to give me an example of a simile. He said, "Aunt Rick smells like a rotten egg." Hmmm, I thought. He went on to say that an example of a metaphor is, "Aunt Rick IS a rotten egg." Holy crap! I couldn't believe he was learning this stuff in the 4th grade. Why he calls me Aunt Rick is a story for another time. 

When we got home he laid around for a while. Jilda cooked homemade spaghetti which is one of his favorite meals. He has eaten like a bird (simile) since he got sick last week. But he ate two bowls of spaghetti. Well, after looking at his shirt, he ate a bowl and a half and was wearing the other half bowl.

Jilda got an email that talked about how a woman does a forecast for winter by looking at the innards of persimmon seeds. We decided to do a science project and Jordan was in.
We have persimmon trees in the front yard and down in the field near the apple trees. When we walked down there, we found a ripe persimmon as big as a golf ball. It looked like a tiny pumpkin. 

When we cut open the seeds, three looked like spoons and one looked like a knife. We compared his results to the forecasting sheet. Apparently here in Empire, Alabama we will have a cold and blustery winter with three snow events. He loves snow so he was VERY happy with this forecast.


  1. What an interesting way to check out the winter. He's one smart kid since I often have to look up what they mean...yes, I do( hanging me head low)

  2. This is a hit! I am writing a book in which I relate information given me by the only friends I had in one community. They were little black kids. It was 1943. They were showing my sister and I the inside of a seed. To my memory it looked like a spoon. I was amazed, I was 4 years old. I couldn't remember the seed, but I thought it was a 'simmon seed! Thanks for verifying it. You are gonna be that dude's hero.

  3. Love your relationship with Jordan.
    I suspect if he is regaining his appetite his recovery is well on the way.

  4. Jordan know the difference between a simile and a metaphor, but not the difference between an Aunt and an Uncle?

    Your gonna have to explain that...I suspect it is a good story.

  5. The farmers Almanac say persimmons are a great way to predict what kind of weather you are going to have. I'd be happy with 3 snows as we often get many more than that. However I don't think we have any locally grown so I'm thinking the ones at the store predict the weather from where they were grown... Too bad it seems some spam has made it's way to your comments.

  6. That is so interesting about the persimmon seeds. I googled it up and it show photos of the seed kernel that looks like either a knife, a fork and a spoon.

    I hope Jordan feels better soon.
    Hugs, Julia

  7. Anonymous12:39 PM

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  8. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Hey, Aunt Rick, why the name?

  9. What a sweet little guy. I have a nephew named Matt. His wife is Genelle. Since they were little, his nephews and nieces have called them Uncle Bat and Uncle Benelle. I think it's adorable.


  10. I'm glad to hear that Jordan's appetite is back. The persimmon weather forecasting sounds interesting.


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