I Insist On Drawing Lessons From An Unattended Sweet Potato

What is an Unattended Sweet Potato really? 

Why do its long purple tendrils reach to the sky even as it sits nestled in the dark in a wooden bowl obtained from a $1 pile at a stoop sale? 

What are they reaching for? Dirt? Dirt’s not up, you dumb roots. Nothing’s up there but the underside of kitchen cabinets. Dumb roots. 

Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” but of course Unattended Sweet Potato has not read Oscar Wilde, or even performed Oscar Wilde. Unattended Sweet Potato believes it would make an excellent Gwendolyn. If it had only the courage to audition. Or take an acting lesson. Or read the play. Unattended Sweet Potato has no gauge of the value of stage craft.

Those little triangle leaves at the ends of the roots, what do they do? Where are they going to go? Are they going to loose their grip and float to the ground like maple leaves in October, or keep striving until one day they reach into the bedroom from the kitchen and poke my cheek to see if I’m asleep and then eat me like a Sweet Potato Fly Trap? Because they checked and I was asleep and that’s just evolution. 

At what point did the Unattended Sweet Potato realize it was on its own? That it had been hastily removed from the grocery store in frantic and unfocused lip service to a healthier lifestyle? Did Unattended Sweet Potato know that as the weeks went by, it would see pizza after tuna sandwich after canned chowder consumed, as Unattended Sweet Potato sat in the wooden bowl with its companion, Net Bag of Collapsed Avocados?

Unattended Sweet Potato did not choose this life for Unattended Sweet Potato, and cannot know how long it will go on. Another week? Three? Until the fruit flies come? Unattended Sweet Potato cannot wait, it knows it has important lessons to offer! 

Life is like an Unattended Sweet Potato! 

Unattended Sweet Potato is sweet! 

Unattended Sweet Potato is hard! 

Unattended Sweet Potato endures!

Unattended Sweet Potato is rough to look at but full of good stuff of which your mother would approve. 

Unattended Sweet Potato passed through the hands of professional people wearing medical grade masks. 

The larger Unattended Sweet Potato is, the more people like to hold Unattended Sweet Potato up to their faces and take pictures and go “Look at this!” 

Unattended Sweet Potato will reach for the stars. 

Unattended Sweet Potato won’t ask for permission. 

Unattended Sweet Potato will scramble, furiously, to make its legacy felt on the earth. 

Unattended Sweet Potato doesn’t need your validation to achieve its goals! 

Be like Unattended Sweet Potato! Hardy, sweet, persistent and a little better when covered in marshmallows.  

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