A few years back when the children were young,
I opened my breakfast pink grapefruit to find a
surprise awaiting: a large seed inside had burst
open and begun to grow. It begged to be planted.
Thus began a lesson in plant growth and maintenance.
As the years progressed, we had a much larger tree
with which to contend. It wintered over in the garage
near a window. We lovingly tended the tree.
Now, at the end of May, it came outdoors for
longer days with sun. It sits on the brick wall near
the walkway at the front step. Who would guess its
humble beginnings and what it is now? As I strolled
our gardens noting what is in bloom, the variety
of colors and shapes, I ponder our grapefruit tree which
grew just as our children did. They outgrew shoes and
clothes. Probably we need a new larger pot now too.
We watch and listen to the birds sing as they build new
nests and flit from one tree to another: the beach plum,
the rose hips, rhododendron, lilacs and apple trees
are home to nature’s creatures. They delight us!