The Watermelon

Whoa, what's that? Go tell Geordie I got us a watermelon.
I meant go TO Geordie and tell him.
Geordie, mommy got us a...a...
Now what the devil was that thing called? Oh yeah.....
Mommy got us a Meldahelda!
I never know what that boy is barking about.

The tag on the plant said that the melons would grow to 20 lbs.

Mine were maybe 5 lbs.

In real life this is a story about my brother. Ever since the incident, meldahelda has been our family word for watermelon.

Why do you go dragging me into this nonsense?

I wasn’t even alive when “meldahelda” happened.


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  1. My Max would pick watermelons from the garden and bring them to me. That dog loved them! This story reminds me of the time my brother in law said, in all seriousness, “what the heck is a Yavondaleen?” He had heard a commercial where someone said “Come on Aileen” and heard “Yavondaleen” instead. We still use that for something misheard. It’s a damend YAVONDALEEN!

  2. My grandfather ran a trading post on a Blackfoot reservation, so my dad lived on the reservation for a few years growing up. (This would have been pre-WWI.) He told us the Blackfoot word for watermelon was “wawamuskus.” I doubt that, but that was our word for it in my family!

  3. Ha! Toby, I get asked that question a lot! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    YAY for meldaheldas!!! Delicious! πŸ™‚ They may be small meldaheldas, but I bet they were yummy! πŸ™‚
    We have a lot of those family mis-words and jokes, etc… such fun! When my oldest was under 3 he called hamburgers “hangburglers”…so that still makes the rounds all these years later. πŸ˜€
    πŸ‰β€οΈ πŸ‰β€οΈ πŸ‰β€οΈ

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