It seems that everywhere I go this Summer I see signs for “Personal Watermelons”. Is this a new variety or have I just not been paying attention? Does this not sound stupid to anybody else? Does it not conjure images of somebody sitting all alone at the family picnic, unwilling to share their melon with anybody else, spitting seeds at those who dare to get too close to their precious fruit? “It’s mine! All MINE!” It’s an effing watermelon. And I imagine that there is some perfectly lovely name for the variety. Or is this all a part of the grand downsizing of America? Slap a new name on it and charge the same price? Hopefully it’s just a fad. Are there fads in the world of fruit? Maybe next year the economy will be booming and there will be strawberries so big that families of 6 will eat for a week off of one (Never you mind the genetic modifications that would be needed to produce such a berry…). Personal Watermelons will be rotting on the vine as people march out, triumphantly, heads held high, to enjoy their fruit in the light of day. All are welcome! Bring a fork!