Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's a Choice

We've spent this evening peeling and preserving apples. We put six gallons of apples in the freezer and we haven't made a dent in the batch.
Yesterday our niece Alesha came over and got a few bags of apples and she stood and watched us pick for a while.
How old is that tree? she asked. I told her it was twenty eight years old. "How can you be so sure," she asked. Because, I said, we planted it the first year we moved up here.
We spent most of 1980 in Mobile putting the town back together after Hurricane Fredrick wreaked havoc on the city. That fall we moved our trailer from a small trailer park in Sumiton to the property where we now live.
I had been working for the phone company for a few years at the time but we still didn't have a lot of money to spare. However, we knew we wanted fruit trees on our land so we scrimped and saved and bought a batch of apple and peach trees. We both knew it was an investment.
It took several years for the trees to start baring but we've enjoyed fresh fruit almost every year since.
We live in a quick fix time. People want to lose weight overnight without diet or exercise, they want to take a magic pill to make them feel better. The simple fact of the matter is - there is no such thing as a quick fix.
Life is a series of choices and the quality of your life depends upon the choices you make. You can kick back on the couch and have a few beers each night, or you can take a walk, visit the gym. You can go to the doctor and get on pain medicine or go under the knife to treat back pain, or you can go to a yoga class routinely and fix most back pain before it becomes chronic. It's a choice. You can go to the store an buy apples from who knows where and take the chance of ingesting some kind of insecticide, or you can go out and plant a tree and enjoy it for the rest of your life. It's a choice

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