Garden

“Come! Come, ‘Ma’oes!” Bea eagerly led any guests to our home straight to the tomato plants, towering over her 11-month self. Once she discovered our garden, and especially the delicious cherry tomatoes, Bea wanted to share her wealth with others. At any given moment, her small mouth would be stuffed with red (and often green) tomatoes, as though the plant would suddenly wither and she would have only what she had squirreled into her cheeks.

Tomatoes off the vine
Tomatoes off the vine

Many guests over the summer bonded with Bea behind those tomato plants. You knew you were part of her pack if she led you to the raised beds at the back of our yard. This small act of hospitality reminded me how simple giving to our friends can be. People were delighted to share her tomatoes, and not just because she was adorably offering them. I don’t think relationships require much, and I often need to remember that generosity and hospitality can start with simply sharing a few cherry tomatoes off the vine.

Linked with Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday, a time to sit and write without editing for 5 minutes.

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6 thoughts on “Garden

  1. What a lovely summer you must have had. My little one and I love planting and growing our own fruit and vegetables. Thank you for sharing and what a beautiful picture. Visiting from Five Minute Friday

  2. Oh – this is so sweet! To my dismay – none of my boys love tomatoes like I do – but I found one, the youngest (12), sitting on my raised bed, pinching chocolate mint leaves off to savor. It sounds like your little one lives beautiful hospitality! – and you are so right – friendship is about the simple things:)

    1. Sometimes I get caught up in thinking relationships need more work than they do. Love when kids can eat straight from the garden, though it makes store-bought veggies harder to enjoy. 😉

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