“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
~Anonymous, Greek proverb
I read that Greek proverb this morning on Facebook. It reminded me of the Daddy when he planted peach, pear, apple, persimmon, cherry and fig saplings around the backyard of his and Mama's house. "These trees are for the grandchildren," he said. I recall thinking how lucky those kids would be to climb the trees. The Mama moved before the Only and Older Brothers' kids were old enough to try them out. I like to think that other kids did.
The proverb also had me thinking of the Mama and her wonder of planting the apricot and avocado seeds from the fruit that we've harvested from her trees. This year two of the second generation apricot trees bore fruit. I have no doubt that all the other apricot and avocado trees will do the same one day. It'll be one crazy fruit forest out in the backyard when the trees grow up.
I love that my parents are among the people in the world who have the heart and vision to plant trees for the future. I shall continue on the tradition.
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You come from beautiful peopleReplyDelete
Warm ALOHA to You,
Takes one to know one, Cloudia. :-)Delete
How sweet! I keep saying I need to plant more trees out in my pasture, but I have to put up some fences to protect them from goats before it will pay to plant any. LOLReplyDelete
If only goats could read signs that say "Do not eat this."Delete
The goats probably read it and said, "That's to stop all those other critters from eating our trees!"Delete
I love that proverb. I'm pretty sure some other children probably enjoyed climbing those trees. That fruit forest will be wonderful someday. (You've actually given me an idea for next Wednesday.)ReplyDelete
Cool, Betty. Looking forward to reading it.Delete
What a lovely legacy! Hope your holiday was bright and beautiful.ReplyDelete
T'was, Jeanne, thanks. The same to you.Delete
Unfortunately people move it's seldom that a family stays in the same house for generations !ReplyDelete
That's for sure, Gattina.Delete
How wonderful and sweet to see the fruit on the trees. I know you will continue this onReplyDelete
I hope so, Birgit.Delete
I had that sort of yard (acreage) when I was a little 'un, but unfortunately left in my early teens. Have tried to recreate it a few times as an adult, but moved on as well. Hopefully our next move will be our last and we'll be able to put down some deep roots.ReplyDelete
I don't know if I can go back to apartment living. I love being able to plant straight into dirt and yes rack leaves.Delete
I've always loved that quote, and your story honors it perfectly.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing it!
What beautiful poetry of family you shared here.ReplyDelete
Your words brought tears to my eyes.
And much warmth to my spirit.
Thank you for sharing this.