A Hopeful Orchard


Andrew WeidmanWe’ve planted an orchard this year, adding to an existing apple tree we put in two years ago. It’s small, only four trees in total, but it’s still an orchard, a hopeful orchard.

I’m sure you’re asking, what makes it so hopeful, anyway?

Let’s be honest; you need hope to plant anything. So many things can go wrong, and so many others must go right, adding up to odds no betting man would ever risk. But none of that stops us, does it? We plant away, visions of blushing apples and buttery pears filling our imagination as we dig and water.

No one thinks about deer, or rabbits, drought, diseases or bagworms. We certainly never considered the wild turkey taking up residence in our development. In hindsight, the tree farm next door probably should have given us a clue on that one.

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Our orchard is particularly hopeful in more specific ways, however. Each of the four little trees embodies a story of hope.

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