I had to separate the idea of what real watermelons taste like from the taste in my mouth.
Afflatus and Influence
I used to hate the taste of artificial watermelon flavored candy (2020) Mixed media on stretched canvas. Photo: Justin W John
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This piece, for me, is about the nature of preconceived notions and how we might get fixated on the idea of something rather than letting it be what it is.
I vividly remember as a child despising the taste of any watermelon flavored candy, anything that wasn’t a real watermelon but trying to be passed off as such. I realize that I could not let go of the distinct feeling of being let down and that I was being fed some sugar pill. I couldn’t accept the fact that the candy was merely inspired by the idea of watermelon and is not the real thing. I had to separate the idea of what real watermelons taste like from the taste in my mouth. A silly story about candy of all things, but I think this happens a lot in our lives, especially as we age. We hold on to ideas of what we think things ought to be and aren’t always able to just accept what we see before us.
We hold on to ideas of what we think things ought to be and aren’t always able to just accept what we see before us. Take a second look.
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