Memory keepers

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It looks like a wonderful apple harvest this year.

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The peaches look fantastic, too. We’ve had some spectacular storms this spring, but so far [knock on wood!] the hail has fallen elsewhere and the fruit trees look beautiful. We’re expecting sweet juicy peaches and crisp, crunchy apples, and lots of other homegrown produce that’ll knock your socks off.

And when I say ‘we’ I mean my family. My parents and brother are directly involved in the daily operations of Manfull Orchards. They grow the produce. They tend the orchards. They keep things growing.

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It’s true … the legacy part, I mean.
We all feel the same connection to this place. The roots are deep … they go back generations.

In my memory, though, they come from my great-grandfather. He lived to the ripe old age of 101, and my siblings and I had the good fortune of growing up across the road from him. On his 100th birthday, the newspaper did an interview. When asked the secret to such a long life he replied, “Hard work, eating eggs and Coca-Cola. I’ve eaten eggs every day for 90 years.”

And I can attest, he drank a two-liter of Coca-Cola every day, as well.

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My brother and sisters and I were fortunate to grow up in the midst wise folks. Not only did we have the company of a century-old great-grandparent, but we had the daily — sometimes hourly — guidance of grandparents. My children never met my grandpa, but they talk about him often. His presence is still so very strong for all of us.

And we don’t have to look far to find him.

Grandma passed away last August, but her presence remains. Sometimes it’s almost palpable. I think it’s because their legacy lives on in each apple tree and tomato plant and patch of blue sky.

They taught us to love God.

They taught us to love the land.

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Most importantly …

They taught us to love each other.

Unconditionally and always.

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And when you stay true to those three things …

Life is really, really sweet. Even when it’s not.

Just keep on keeping on.

Enjoy the present, plan for the future and don’t take either for granted.

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These mums are going to be spectacular in September …

if we do what we need to do as best we can.

Which is really the case in any situation.

Do what you need to do. Do it to the best of your ability.

Always.

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Something to remember when you’re growing hundreds of tomatoes.

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Each one is as important as the next.

Just like family members. Individual parts of the whole.

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And sometimes you have to let new members into the fold.

Like Freckles, here. She showed up one day and isn’t leaving anytime soon.

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Because she has eyes for him, only. And he treats her right — something she never knew in her short time on this earth.

And really … all of us have a short time on this earth.

Which is why we have to make the most of it, remember the best parts and pass them on to the next generation.

Memory keepers.

That’s what we should be.

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    Jeanie June 10, 2010 (9:56 pm)

    Beautiful Memories!!

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    Jane June 11, 2010 (6:27 am)

    That’s so sweet…and so fabulous for you and the rest of your family to have each other and those connections!

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      Farmgirl June 15, 2010 (6:38 am)

      Thank you … and Gone with The Wind is one of my favorites!

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    Katie June 11, 2010 (12:09 pm)

    That is very sweet…reminds me a little of the scene in Gone with The Wind where Scarlett’s dad tells her to love the land.

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    Mother Goose June 11, 2010 (12:48 pm)

    I now have tears streaming down my face and for heaven’s sakes I’m having a garage sale…maybe people will feel sorry for me and buy more!

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    Nanny June 11, 2010 (9:57 pm)

    I just saw this! How beautiful and how fortunate we all are!
    love ya kid of mine!