Learners from Okahandja Secondary School share with us what they think the year 2020 would be if it was a fruit, and why they choose that specific fruit.
04 August 2020 | Opinion
The year 2020 would be a lemon to me, because I was excited for the New Year, new beginnings and a very fruitful academic year. Yet this was made sour and bitter for us by the Covid-19 pandemic. I had lots on my dream list but 2020 only came through with lots of lemons while I had hoped for a year of apples to make apple pies with. I have learned to make lemonade from the lemons 2020 has offered.
I would say this year is a durian fruit. This is because the durian fruit has a potent smell that can be compared to the contagious aspect of the coronavirus. Additionally, people in Asia are not allowed to take the fruit on public transport due to the smell; they must keep social distance and that is exactly what is happening this year. Even the appearance of the durian fruit is uncertain or complicated, just like 2020.
I choose a pineapple. Why pineapple? If I were to give you a pineapple today, your expectations would be that it’s sweet, right? The moment i give it to you, you would want to open it. It would then be difficult. Just imagine a pineapple in your hand with all the spikes. It’s really hard. I expected 2020 to be a new decade with new beginnings. At the end of the day we are stuck with all these hardships. But the sweetness inside the pineapple taught me to appreciate life because you can lose it in the blink of an eye.
I choose a tomato because it’s confusing. It’s both a fruit and a vegetable. This year is confusing too. It started off juicy but as time passed, it became rotten. You cannot re-use a tomato when it’s rotten. The year became rotten because of the pandemic which is with us right now. It is really hard to face such a serious and life-threatening virus. A tomato is juicy and tasty but when it gets rotten, it gets a bad taste and has a bad smell. Most of us thought that a year with a good start would also have a great end. People say a tomato is good, which it is, but do we know the consequences when it goes bad? Let’s hope for the best, for both the tomato and the year 2020.
If 2020 could be any fruit; it would definitely be a pineapple for me, because on the surface it is prickly and hard but once you get over the peeling away of your struggles, you notice how sweet your life is and you appreciate how privileged you are. Things could be a lot worse.
If 2020 was a fruit it would definitely e an orange. This is simply because it is a little sour but sweet nonetheless, and despite the current chaos all over the world, there has to be something good that can come from this.