Through Grandma’s Eyes: The Peach

“Make yourself necessary to someone.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

journal entry:

Peaches are fuzzy.  Even when you wash them off in the hose, you still get itchy stuff on your face.  Grandpa told the grandchildren that no one had to get fuzzy stuff on their faces again if they didn’t want to.  Holden said he wanted to.  Okay.  Well.  Grandpa showed the boys how to pick a ripe peach from the tree and how to break it in half VERY GENTLY.  He showed them how to take out the pit and how to peel the fuzzy part away from the peach without any trouble at all.  They watched carefully.  One boy tried it and succeeded.  The littler one tried it and squished the peach to death.  He asked for help with the next one.  He couldn’t do it himself but could see the value of getting rid of the fuzzy stuff.  Could there be anything more delightful than an orchard, with fruit growing right in front of your eyes, free to pick and yummy to eat ?  When one peach was gone, you could have another one.  When Grandpa finished picking the peaches, you could have jam or peaches in a bottle which Grandma had given “a bath”.  I found a whole story in this one photograph.  Can you?

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

-Anne Frank-

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