Although the melon did not seem to be ready to slip easily from the vine, the thumping test (“thunk” sound) indicated it was ripe. So I picked the first melon and cut it open . . .
Delicious! It doesn’t get any better than this. Upon inquiry of the Deva of the Garden and the deva of watermelon, I learned it would be good to save the seeds from this watermelon. They are now drying on the table for next year’s (intentional) planting.