When I went away for MST I told my some people they could have any papayas that ripened while I was away, but there was a miscommunication and they ended up eating all the ripe ones for the next few weeks! There's that language barrier again.
That left one big papaya ripening on the tree. I had been watching it to look for colour changes, and I called dibs on it to my neighbors. I saw some orange patches and it felt a bit softer, but I wanted to be sure. Today when my neighbor kids came over they assured me it was ripe and ready to eat.
I took a chance, cut it open and... it was ripe! The knife slid right through, and the fruit flesh was soft and sweet. We ate it right out of the peel with a spoon. Mmmm...
I made them wait and pose for a photo before we started eating.