Quince – Birthday or Fruit?

A RARE, BUT QUINCE-ESSENTIAL (!) FRUIT! 😀

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Teenage Jewish American girls of Hispanic origin have three significant birthdays celebrated in lavish style befitting a wedding. As most  Jewish girls, when they turn 12, they celebrate the traditional Jewish coming of age, Bas (Bat) Mitzvah (boys have to wait an extra year; their big day, Bar Mitzvah, is at 13). As most American girls, they also want to have a Sweet Sixteen – why give up a chance to party, after all? However, Latin / Hispanic coming of age is called Quinceanera – literally a girl of 15.

quinceanera.jpgQuince is a grand ball, and la quinceanera is its queen. Every queen should have a court, and the quinceanera chooses her court of honor among her friends: 15 girls and 14 boys, one couple for every year of her life. The gowns are stunning; sometimes, when I drive through Hispanic areas of the city, I almost stop traffic because…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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