The damp earth warms, orchards toss a bit, but try to keep their eyes shut against the irrepressible dawn of spring. Can’t we just wait another week? There’s all summer to be productive and I’m so comfy in my dormancy!
But like a pregnant mom, the moment can’t be hurried and won’t be delayed. That warmed nutrient rich earth is swelling her expectancy. While the tree might want to wait, if she looks around, her support staff that was dozing with her has become quite busy.
The little road to her orchard is regularly traveled by netted white bee trucks with license plates representing most of America; like Magi from the East bearing gifts from afar.
More than anyone, the farmer knows it’s soon “Game On.” He’s been tuning his machinery and laying in supplies for another season’s adventure. Buds are swelling and the weatherman says mid 70’s for the next 10 days. By the end of that forecast, every orchard will be in full bloom even though right now, there’s not much more than “bud swell” and “pink bud” anywhere. We’ll talk more about that next week.
One of the great thinkers of our time—Doctor Seuss—wrote the following: “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it is afternoon. December is here before it is June. My goodness how the time has flewn.
I was also thinking of Tevye from the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ singing: Sun rise, sun set, swiftly fly the years. One season following another, laden with happiness and tears.
About a third of a century ago, our first child Erik was born. While my Scandinavian heritage precludes most displays of emotion one way or the other that was a moment of such intense feeling I think I bawled like a baby for 15 minutes as I held the new son. The only emotion to rival it so far in my life came a quarter century later when we dropped our daughter Heather off at college far, far away. That one took a good hour before I could even speak.
Well, last week, the little guy took a wife. Above is the view from Father of the Groom cam.
It was a fairy tale time in every regard. Cousins, Uncles and Aunts, Grandparents together for a week of stories and laughing til our sides ached.
• Perfect Hawaiian weather.
• Perfect Ceremony.
• Wonderful new family.
• Great food.
• Fun entertainment.
And ya know, nobody said: The nerve of that Erik making us all spend a week on Kauai.