Overlooked Gifts

When my husband and I moved to our new home in the city, the first thing he did was plant fruit trees. As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.

So, he eagerly went to the local nursery and picked out a variety of fruit trees and vines: cherries and apples, plums and grapes, and loaded our inner-city yard up as if he still lived on the farm.

It took a few years for anything of note to come, but then one year, we saw some cherries.

photo of plump red cherries on a cherry tree with the text: "overlooked gifts" www.kirstenkroeker.com

They were beautiful! Large and juicy, ruby red, hanging so tantalizingly from the tree. We couldn’t help but try one, long before it was ready… and it was terrible.

It was too sour to swallow, so we spat them out, and committed to waiting for them to ripen.