I was ten. It was September.
The funny thing about mikans is that they ripen in the winter. The prime picking season is from September to December. My fifth grade class got to go on a field trip to pick as many mikans as we could. We had to pay by the bag, but no one said we had to pay for the mikans we ate while picking.
I ate five. Blake threw at least three at me. I tried to throw some at him, too, but he was high up in a tree. He knew where the best mikans were! That afternoon, I pet a wild squirrel. I thought I was magical, but then Blake told me that people fed the wild squirrels all the time, and he just wanted to steal my mikans.
In fact, I don’t remember taking any mikans home that day….