Every day of my Dad's adult life he ate an orange freshly picked from his backyard. Soon after moving to California and buying his first home, he planted orange, lemon, avocado, plum and peach trees. In each subsequent home he owned, he always planted fruit trees.
During my childhood, Dad would pick three fresh oranges from the tree just before dinner. He would peel them and cut them in half. He placed half an orange face down on each small plate and then cut them into small cubes. Each family member would use a fork to eat their orange cubes as a first course.
More recently, my father's routine was to select a freshly-picked orange from a bowl on the counter, whether a navel or Valencia, slice it into eight wedges, pull the fruit from the peel and then pop each wedge into his mouth while standing by his kitchen sink and looking out the window at his laden orange trees.
When I left home to go to college, I missed not being able to eat freshly-picked oranges. I had never bought an orange before.
Today, in memory of my 94 year-old Dad who recently passed away in his sleep, I planted a Satsuma tree in our backyard in Louisiana. I look forward to when I too can look out my kitchen window, admire the fruit and enjoy its bounty.
During this holiday season, what family traditions are you continuing?
All my best,
I recommend these two TED talks:
Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps
My father admiring his orange trees. Photo by Robert Schleifer
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