Old Bananas, New Beginnings

by Larry Hehn on January 3, 2011

old bananasWhat do you do with your old bananas?

Bananas don’t usually last very long at our house. Our family swoops down as soon as the bananas enter the door and inhales them. Sometimes I swear we eat more bananas than the average monkey.

Sometimes, though, the bananas are a little too green for immediate consumption. For a couple of days they huddle nervously in a wicker basket as the vultures circle. As soon as their rookie green matures to a healthy yellow, they disappear quicker than the drummers for Spinal Tap.

On rare occasions – like this past week – the bananas throw us a curve. They skip the yellow stage and fade straight from green to black. This guarantees that we won’t even think about eating them.

Do you remember back in grade school, the lining up and picking of teams? That one kid who was always the last to be picked? It’s as if he turned into a banana, brought along ten clones and flopped on my kitchen table. These are the dregs of banana-dom. This is their last gasp. I’m sure at this point some people would just throw them in the garbage and never see any return from them.

What do you do with your old bananas?

Here’s what I found you can do:

  • Mash them up and make banana bread or banana muffins
  • Peel them, freeze them, and use them to make banana smoothies
  • Chop them up and throw them in your garden as fertilizer
  • Use them as a really cool blog illustration

Yep, even old and on-their-way-out bananas can still be put to good use.

So picture 2010 as an old banana. Maybe it was a good year for you. Maybe it stunk. Either way, it’s done. And even those old, wretched bananas that nobody wants to eat can still be salvaged for good.

What do you do with your old bananas?

What kind of year was 2010 for you?

What can you take from last year that will serve you well in 2011?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim F. January 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

As far as old bananas go – either muffins or bread or the trash can because of the fruit flies.

2010 was like every year and that is if was full of ups and downs but through it all God was always good!

My take away from 2010 to 2011 – “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Thanks for the post Larry and glad to see it back up :) .
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Larry Hehn January 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

That’s a great reminder that it’s ok to admit and show weakness, and to rely on God to fill in the gaps. Thanks for popping by, Jim!

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Peter Graham January 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

I often find myself actually eating the browner bananas – I find that you can get most of a whole, good banana out of those ugly skins. I guess I tend to do that a lot in life – I’m the last driver on every car I own, keep my clothes long past the time they were fit for Value Village, am reluctant to throw away those three old computers in the garage (’cause they still work!)

I was chastised by a colleague recently; I have a reputation at the school where I teach as the technology guy, the computer nerd, the AV coordinator, etc. When I confessed that my TV was a 14 year old rear-projection monster that was left behind by a relative when they moved across the country, and that I really didn’t know much about those newfangled (that’s the word I used) LCD TVs, I was chastised. I was told that with my reputation, I should have the newest of the new of technology in my home, and be up on all the latest trends.

I disagree.

See, I like this banana analogy. It’s what I do in much of my life. I find the good parts in the old stuff and use them.

I think God does that.

Good thing too, ’cause I’m not getting any younger!

Thanks Larry!

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Larry Hehn January 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I think you’re right Peter, and I’m glad God does that too. I always enjoy your comments. Always full of wisdom. And crazy words that only old people use. ;)
Keep ‘em coming, bro!

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Peter Graham January 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Dude, you callin’ me old? I can say word and homie as well as the next guy! Although my students often cringe when I do and tell me not to talk like that. Talk about the shoe being on the other foot eh?

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Larry Hehn January 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Nah, you’re not old. You’re just relatable to a large span of ages. See? It’s all in the framing…

Yep, my kids are quick to silence me when I try to talk hip too. What the dilly, yo?

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