How Do They Escape Me?


Jennifer Quinn



 Giant cucumber

I wonder if anyone else has this problem: I’m looking at a cucumber or zucchini plant and wondering why there are only a few little squashes on it that hardly seem to be growing. I know from experience that, when this happens, it’s because there’s a big one hiding somewhere that I haven’t noticed. So I scrutinize the plant from all angles, peering under leaves and trying to inspect every stem without breaking it or getting scratched up too badly. But I find nothing.

I repeat this regimen for a few days, then, one day — boom! There it is, staring me right in the face: one humongous cucumber. And I’m thinking, “How did I not see that?”

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