Back in the spring the fruit trees in my garden were smothered in blossom. I was excited at the prospect of all the potential fruit to be gained from those tiny flowers.
In July the trees were heaving in fruit. I allowed the plums and apples to swell and as they fought for dominance on the branches many fell to the ground elbowed out of position.
Wet days kept me inside and when the sun came out the fruits ripened. The fruits ripened whilst my eyes were closed.
In hindsight I should have sacrificed a few fruits off the tree when they were small so that the rest of the fruits didn't have to compete for space. The rot spread quickly through the branches infecting all it touched. I think I was glutinous in wanting a huge harvest rather than having one that was more manageable.
Today, few fruits remain on the trees. Windfalls are not usable as they have mildewed. I have learnt lessons from this experience:
- Be vigilant
- Do not be greedy
- Do not turn your back to what is going on around you
- Be grateful for small mercies
- Situations can change in the blink of an eye