Growing up, I heard the familiar legend of
Johnny Appleseed. With two apple trees
of our own now, I am reminded of the
tale. I don’t recall Johnny speaking of
apple thieves. We have the four-legged
and two-legged variety. The four-legged
thieves are messy. They take a few bites
of an apple and then simply discard it.
Perhaps these bushy tails got distracted
by a passing car or neighbor out walking
the dog. The two-legged variety would
refer to neighbors and assorted friends.
John, Don, and Isaac picked up the branches
on Tuesdays. I know this from observing and
finally stopping the very tall truck with
my arm in the air and hand motion to stop.
This week, even the truck driver Don was
emboldened or hungry at the end of their route.
Driver Don motioned to John to pick an apple
off the tree. Well, well, I thought. I must
stop the truck to chat briefly which I did.
John responded he was from a nearby
town. I informed him that he had selected
apples from my favorite kind: Empire.
Next, I explained the other tree had
red delicious variety. I expect that they
will continue to pluck apples off the
trees as long as they are there.
A neighbor told me she had tried one
of the Empire apples. It was so tasty.
Normally, these ripen toward the end
of September so perhaps they have
matured earlier this year. We gave
this neighbor a bushel basket full of
our apple crop. This year they look
as beautiful as store bought ones.
I imagine our own John Appleseed will
continue his thefts of tasty apples.
Admittedly, who can really resist these
low-hanging gems. Do you have a favorite?