Stubborn Avocado

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The avocado arrived at its new home in a green mesh bag with four other avocados. The bag was ripped open and all the avocados tumbled out to join the Halo oranges, the bananas, and artificial apples and grapes in the black wire basket on the counter. Immediately, a hand reached in to lightly squeeze each avocado, but each one settled back in the basket.

Every day,two oranges disappeared at lunch time, but then new oranges would join the rest of the fruits. Bananas vanished, never to be seen again. After several days, the hand appeared again, lightly squeezed again, but nothing settled back in the basket. An avocado disappeared. The next day, two avocados disappeared!

Now, only one avocado remained in the basket. The hand appeared, not so lightly squeezed. Plunk! The avocado dropped back into the basket. Someone gave an exasperated harumph!

The banana is too ripe, but that stubborn avocado won't ripen!

The banana is too ripe, but that stubborn avocado won’t ripen!

How long will this stubborn avocado take to ripen? It’s been over a week. I guess avocados are a lot like kids. They ripen/learn at their own rate.