Wondrous Words #169
1. freemasonry: We agreed that no one who had not grown up in a little prairie town could know anything about it. It was a kind of freemasonry, we said.
Freemasonry here refers to an instinctive sympathy or fellow feeling between people with something in common.
2. Christmas melons: The white Christmas melons we did not touch, but we watched them with curiosity.
I’ve grown melons before but I’d never heard of a Christmas melon. A little research told me this: “Many of us consider summer or fall to be the peak season for melons, but there is a special variety of muskmelon which ripens in December. Because of this unusual winter ripening, it is called a Christmas melon or Santa Claus melon. A Christmas melon’s flavor is said to be reminiscent of a very sweet honeydew melon.”
I’m sure I’ll discover more words in this great story about life on the prairie. I’ll share them with you in future Wondrous Words Wednesday.
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