A Great Christmas Present…Bet on the Blossoms

“Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”
Epictetus

I recently planted several citrus trees in my yard. You can’t go wrong with fruit trees. I think it is good for the soul for everybody to have some type of fruit tree in their yard. My reasons are simple.

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First, they are pretty and in Florida keep their leaves the whole year. Second when they produce a blossom the smell is picked up all over the neighborhood. I really love the smell of an orange blossom. Next the small fruit begin to appear and you are able to watch the progress of the fruit as it gets closer and closer to being ripe. Finally you get to harvest the fruit and eat it or gift it to a friend.

My grandfather Jackson Dossey who worked his cattle and citrus farm with his wife Leah in Plant City, Florida taught us kids many things about oranges. He used to peel the orange with a knife in one continuous peel. Then you would spin the peel in a circle while repeating the alphabet. Whichever letter you were on when the peel broke would represent the first letter of the name of the person you were going to marry. He would also make a small hole in the top of the orange without peeling it and then squeeze the orange until the insides were crushed. Then you could just drink the juice straight from the orange. Those were great times…but I digress.

When you have a fruit tree you are able to enjoy watching the whole saga unfold before your very eyes and instead of having to pay for the performance, you are rewarded with a delicious snack. And, before you can get all of the fruit eaten, the biology of the tree is gearing up to start the process all over again. You can bet that the blossoms will be back again next year. It is comforting to know that there is something good and reliable…that you can count on…coming again in the future.

There is something intrinsically peaceful and rewarding to have a fruit tree. Somehow not only do we get to enjoy the process we can also relate it to the events and challenges of many things in our lives. We go through stages. Life has seasons. We are like a fruit tree that takes its time developing before bringing forth delicious fruit.

Perhaps that is the deeper reason to love fruit trees. For me however, I just love the smell of the blossoms and the taste of the fruit. I recommend getting a fruit tree to everyone who can make it work where they live. This is a great Christmas present that keeps on giving year after year.

HighFive Your Life Principle: Get a fruit tree and enjoy the process from bud to blossom to fruit. It will bring a measure of enjoyment to your home.

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2 thoughts on “A Great Christmas Present…Bet on the Blossoms”

  1. Well, well, well! I have another gardner in our group!! 🙂 Was so surprised to read about your grandfather peeling the orange and around his head with the alphabet, my grandfather used to do the exact thing with the apples that we always had when we visited. I thought it was a secret thing that only our family did!! ha ha Sweet memories and I am grateful to have that memory brought back to bring a smile to my face! thanks for the memories!!! Loves!!1

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