Many years ago, our family visited a cherry orchard (*).
Row after row of green trees laden with small red orbs stood before us. The sun warmed our bodies.
We climbed ladders and picked one red cherry at a time, careful to not crush each one.
It made me appreciate how much time and effort it takes to pick enough cherries to fill a small basket.
No oranges or apples grew on the cherry trees. Obvious, right?
Yet more often than I’d like, I sow seeds of ingratitude and expect joy to result.
Or I sow seeds of gratitude but I expect fruit to appear overnight or at least in a week.
Did you know it takes about five to seven years after planting a sweet cherry tree before it produces fruit?
Photo courtesy of Flickr CC User: Oleksandr Vertly
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(*) I have a distinct memory of picking cherries, climbing on a ladder and feeling hot and tired. My husband can’t recall this trip but we are both old enough to not remember everything we have done during our 24%20 years together.
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