Here’s a thought about Grandsons: Pretty much the last thing you want to do is curb their enthusiasm.
Those surly “teenage” years will come soon enough, after all – so if they’re still at an age when they’re eager to accompany the Ol’ Folks to a pick-it-yourself orchard, you might as well let things play out, naturally.
And having now done that, I know roughly how to quantify the enthusiasm of our cute little pair of peach pickers: It works out to approximately 51 pounds of fresh fruit.
Juicy…fragrant…and exquisitely scrumptious peaches, to be sure.
But five pecks’ worth? My cup (or more precisely, my countertop) runneth over.
Even before we brought the fruits of our labor home yesterday, I had “abundance” on my mind. Couldn’t help it…it’s just the natural reaction to seeing so many peach trees, laden with so much fruit.
There’s more than enough to go around – an absurdly munificent bounty that benefits even the flying and creeping critters, who feast on the overripe fruit pelleting the turf beneath every branch in the orchard.
What a blessing! What a delectable reminder of God’s extravagant goodness!
And, what a challenge – figuring out how not to let the blessing go to waste.
I hear tell that goodies like “peach preserves”, “peach crisp” and “peach pie filling” will play a significant role in cutting our prodigious pile down to size.
And by acting quickly, I managed to score some of the fruit for my own use, too – just enough to whip up a batch of savory peach salsa. Which, I’ve discovered, can serve as a deliciously fitting condiment…as one prayerfully contemplates the words of Psalm 78:
What we have heard and know,
and what our fathers have declared to us,
we will declare to the generation to come
the glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength
and the wonders that he wrought.
[God] commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained manna upon them for food
and gave them heavenly bread.
[Humans] ate the bread of angels,
food [God] sent them in abundance.
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.