When An Apple Meets An Orange

It is not by chance that we constantly urge people to separate apples and oranges. We are, in the end, utterly different.

Apples have nuanced colors, varying between a bright green and a deep, blood-like red. Apples shine and glow, using the light to its favor and never being afraid of bringing complexion to its surroundings. Oranges, on the other hand, are a little less sparkling. They do come in vivid shades of orange, as their name suggest, but they somehow hide their liveliness in a matted peal. Their skin is painted beautifully, but their soul is less flashy.

Apples should be eaten whole. Open your mouth as wide as you can, sink your teeth on it and hear the cracks reverberating while her juices slather your face, your hands, and certainly your heart if you are not careful enough. Apples don’t hide, they bring everything to the surface and let you deal with it.

But oranges are encased, concealed. You need to claw your way into it, because oranges won’t give you much on their own. Their nature is obscure, and they hide behind a mask to protect themselves from the exterior. Certainly from the brightness of an apple.

While some would argue that apples are better eaten raw, I personally believe they are stronger when around sweetness and warmth. Apples were born for baking, for showing love through a pie, for coziness. Give an apple sweet affection and a bit of fire, and you are set for smiles and good feelings. Eat the pie with your bare hands, though, because apples do not fancy instruments or fear of getting dirty in those around them.

Oranges, however, are generally used to refresh, to bring coolness where there is heat, to chill when the sun is shinning too strong. On the contrary of apples, oranges are better on their own. When you ask for a refreshing orange juice, please don’t add sugar to it. You see, oranges are hard to get, but once you try them, they are delicious. They don’t need much else to make you happy. But remember, their nature is one that tempers, that moderates, that calms things down, so ice is usually what goes best with the juices of an orange.

It is pretty funny to imagine that people have, somehow, mixed apples and oranges in the past, so much that we have to carry a warning inside of us. Maybe, what we fear the most is not thinking that an apple is an orange, because we all know from the start that they are not the same. What is scary is what happens when apples are mixed with oranges, when they get so close that they touch. Can you feel the goosebumps? Your heart racing? Yeah, I know.

I am craving to learn — to feel — what can be made out of an apple with an orange, when we bring our best to the table, together. Maybe the others are right and we shouldn’t be mixed; but maybe, just maybe, this apple and this orange will create something that is better than what most people have seen. Better, so much better, than what apples and oranges had when they would only mingle with their akin.

— about love