Please, Don’t Squeeze

Have you noticed recent changes at the supermarket?

I felt my cheeks flush with embarrassment, underneath my blue mask, at our grocery store today.

In the produce section, just above the avocado bin, was a large new sign that said: ‘PLEASE DON’T SQUEEZE THE PRODUCE.’

I felt guilty, knowing that I had, in the past, squeezed avocados, checking for ripeness levels.

This is considered to be poor supermarket etiquette, especially now, when everyone fears contamination.

In addition, produce squeezing can damage food, so that no one else will buy it. Store owners don’t appreciate this.

I sheepishly chose five avocados, and finished my shopping, knowing that I would squeeze no more produce.

When we publicly identify as Christ-followers, unbelievers will be watching us. They notice what we say, how we behave towards others, and they notice our manners, including how we treat produce at the store.

May God give us the grace to treat others with kindness and compassion, so that our consistent good example will guide others to the Lord.

40 thoughts on “Please, Don’t Squeeze

  1. I must admit to being guilty of checking for ripeness of the avocados by squeezing them too 🀭. I hope to be a better example and think not just of getting good avocados for myself but the possible ruining of it I do in the process.

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      1. Yes, I have been doing some fascinating research on that. Pine forests are being replaced in Mexico, with fields of avocado trees. It takes 1,000 litres of water to produce 3 avocados ! And I learned that avocados are classified as very large berries. I always like to investigate where our food comes from here, since we can grow so little of our own. πŸ€—


      2. I think now agriculture has developed a lot …
        I read that even in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and United arab emirate like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are growing their agricultural products (other than dates and palm trees that grow there naturally .)
        They are using hydroponic techniques in agriculture…

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  2. It is better to look well at the avocadoes before even touching them .
    You could buy the piece of Avocado if you feel it with your hand as a sign of treating others well with compassion and good intention …

    If you are not sure that the vegetables are good and fresh , buy only a little amount as a compensation for yourself and others…

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    1. Hi Derrick ! It’s a time when all of us are being urged to use our best manners, and
      show consideration for everyone.
      We have one-way traffic in our store now too. This discourages cart bumping and aisle visiting. πŸ€—

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  3. Oh for sure Sally, and I have to at least comment here; and then run out! You hit the nail on the head! But don’t bruise those yummy avocadoes! Again, a lovely photo so well composed and of course this one is extra appetizing to me literally and figuratively! And, I have to admit I’ve done that handling of the produce a bit much at times but I was careful with it like eggs being cautious so as not to damage anything. But, some can get bruised easily especially if most people come along and do the same thing then it’s going to be damaged! Now with the germ phobia and whatnot, it’s nice to think maybe people will not poke at things that someone else will eat; so much! Well let’s keep washing them too and I use white vinegar with water to soak grapes and greens or other things. Be safe and see you! πŸ™ πŸ€— ❀️ βš“οΈ πŸ™

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      1. πŸ€— Thank you Sally for being so understanding but I was about to shut things down and saw a notification about that new post early this afternoon so I said to myself I must respond now to at least Sally’s; or see it would be this much later if I hadn’t, so I’m glad it worked out smoothly! I’ve been pushing to get things done and not getting enough sleep, even my latest post used up serious time but I felt it was important to maybe make a little difference to someone that needs to hear something in it, so I try hard to move things along. Hope all is well and it’s another lovely evening there for you! πŸ€— God Bless!

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      2. Hi Sally, good morning! πŸ€— My latest blog Post had a few text transfer errors I made in-between The Apes and Terminator films stills. As well I added a tune at the very end after the Cross, that came to mind from the past that seems to fit-in with the theme at least in my mind and the lyrics do mention Our Heavenly Father; sort of a prophetic writing a while back in my mind with the way things are going in the world now. If you get a chance check that and let me know any thought or observation; if you like! Take care and I’m praying for our Lord’s guidance through all these trials! Amen. Thank you again. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™‚

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      3. Hi Lawrence !
        I watched the fascinating video in your last post, at the end, after the cross.
        This video uses light and shadow very effectively.
        Actually I read this post three times, as it is filled with so much interesting research and information. πŸ€—

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      4. WOW thank you Sally; for being so astute as you are but to my writing is an honor and privilege I feel! I had to go do some pain to get that whole thing out yesterday but then later i found serious text and entry errors late last night that I corrected especially with a small section that derived from a conversation I had previously and I had to dovetail it into my feature writing for the post. I like to think as a filmmaker splicing and editing as i had done in the past more than now with video and film clips. You have the eldest sister of mine here beat she just texted me and said she had to tread it a second time this morning and will again after her coffee! I honestly appreciate the accolades and interest in it but my heart just wants it to help someone, anyone in some small way to understand something important or become better prepared and mainly to turn to our All Knowing and All Loving God Almighty now before it is too late! Thank you for the incredible inspiration you have given to me and others as you still do! I’ll be in touch and you have a lovely afternoon! Oh the video/tune montage is very effective and beautiful! I love the little boy, so beautiful and precious! I’m teary eyed thinking of him and other children! Dear God!
        My eldest sister just sent a text again this moment! Converging conversations and Dots being Connected! Thank you Lord Jesus!

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  4. I have always squeezed the avocados lightly. If they are ripe enough to be soft, I’ll buy them, so I haven’t damaged someone else’s food. If they’re too hard, I don’t squeeze hard enough to damage them.
    HOWEVER, if people are going to judge my Christian walk by the way I treat avocados, I’m willing to take the hard with the soft and let the hard ones ripen at home.

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    1. Yes, I agree, Beverley. That is why I used to squeeze them.
      Here, avocados are shipped from Mexico when they are still unripe.
      So I bring them home and then allow them to ripen.
      At home, I squeeze them often to see when they are ripe. πŸ€—

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      1. Thanks, Beverley. I wondered about that because for many years cod was caught right here in my neighbourhood.
        It was salted and then sent to the Caribbean and Europe. πŸ€—


  5. Hi Beverley !
    Newfoundland and Jamaica are similar in many ways.
    Both have a relaxed and laid-back way of life.
    Both have very kind and friendly people.
    Here, fishermen caught the cod fish, and their wives and children prepared them and salted them, and laid them out to dry on wooden platforms, called ‘fish flakes’.
    There are a few of these platforms around my house.
    Then , they were placed in wooden barrels and shipped to Jamaica.
    In return, Jamaica sent rum to Newfoundland. πŸ€—


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