I love fresh fruit. I'd rather have fruit than candy any day. I crave oranges and grapefruits. My sister brings back grapefruits from Texas in the spring and I eat anywhere from three to six a day, without sugar, until they're gone. Back when I worked at the apple orchard, I would eat as many as half a dozen apples each day. People wondered how I stayed out of the bathroom and got any work done, but the truth is that if you eat enough fruits and vegetables all the time, they don't affect you in that way. At least, that's how it is with me and Cliff.
Sweet cherries are my very favorite, but I seldom buy them because they are so expensive. Today we were at Walmart buying a few things for our Independence Day dinner tomorrow, and a display of sweet cherries called my name.
"Donna, how long has it been since you've tasted my succulent goodness," the bag of cherries said.
I looked at the price: $3.99 a pound. I turned my back on the tempter, who then said, "Once a year, is $3.99 a pound so much to pay?"
I turned and looked at the display again, wondering how many pounds of cherries were in a bag. I walked over, grabbed a bag, and weighed it.
Two-and-a-half pounds. I put the cherries back and once again turned to walk away, but a bag of cherries said, "Isn't your birthday Sunday?"
I grabbed the bag and walked over to where Cliff was visiting with our former renter. Holding up the bag, I said, "This bag of cherries will cost ten bucks. Sunday is my birthday. I'm buying the cherries."
"Ten bucks? Are you kidding me?"
I left the cherries in my cart, payed for them, and ate a couple on the way home. They are as good as I remembered.
Last November I planted four dwarf fruit trees, one of which was a sweet cherry tree. Guess which one died? Yes, the cherry tree. Oh, it's guaranteed, and they will send me a replacement in the fall. But that delays me getting to taste my own sweet cherries for another year. It will take from four to seven years for the tree to bear fruit. At my age, anything could happen.
I sure hope I get to taste those cherries some day.