Thar's times in life when ya' jes' git overwhelmed an' let important stuff git away from ya'. Ever had that happen in yore life?
We's had a busy spring, an I prolly over did some--an' got thrown to the ground wif' bronchitis which took 2 Z-packs to knock it back. I ain't makin' excuses, jes 'splainin' how it be that let stuff go undone... an now? I'se so inundated by the nitty gritty of life that I is missin' some really important thangs.
Y'all know that Aunty be addicted to metaphor. I see ever'day thangs as a parallel to the inner life--the reflective soul-- that part of us that ponders the meanin' of thangs. So this mornin' I'se putterin' in the Dawg Pen Garden (dawgs is daid under the camellias, the fenced run now is home to a container garden of herbs, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers an' squash), an' then decided to stroll down the jasmine hedge toward a bench to sit an' listen to bird song.
A weak branch stuck out along the hedge at hip height--the fig tree done sent a shoot out to hunt fer sun.
The fig tree? Oh! Look at them gorgeous leaves. No wonder Adam an' Eve hid their nekkid selves wif' these pretty leaves (Eve sewed sequins on hers) . I'd forgotten to check to see if it were settin' fruit.
I stopped an' pulled back the overgrowth of Plumbago an' Jasmine towering 10 feet over the top of the 6' fence. We allow this growth as it affords us'uns an' our neighbors a green wall of privacy. Thar' in the jungle of Lakeview Jasmine the fig tree had secretly rocketed skyward during our mild winter an' early spring. Oh! FIGS!!
Mercy, y'all, jes' look at them figs! Granny give me this fig tree fer my birthday the year afore she "got her wings." The tree struggled. I should have moved it, but she had chosen the spot--Granny wanted to be sure I could see it from the kitchen window. She said. "Figs need love, they like to live whar' folks see 'em, an' talk to 'em. My own Granny said thas' why ya plant a fig near the house, not out in the south forty."
Despite its struggle, despite being ignored, despite being overshadowed by an aggressive high hedge, the fig tree is PRODUCTIVE!
Biblical figs @ http://ethercapacious.blogspot.com/