I have to confess that as a parent, I don’t always get it right.
I’m sure when my kids are grown and have kids of their own, they will enlighten me of my shortcomings as a mother.
And when that happens, I will accept this loving critique with grace and a little humility. Because even though I don’t always get it right, I don’t always get it wrong either.
And that’s something.
Our apple trees for example.
We have four apple trees in our backyard. They require yearly maintenance. Which is sometimes a pain.
There’s pruning, raking, and composting.
Once a year I spray the trees with my homemade pesticide. It’s a concoction of onions and garlic so imagine how great it must smell. But it works and it’s safe for my kids so I do it.
And then comes the harvest…which often coincides with the back to school busyness of life. So not ideal.
I have never calculated the cost of our time and energy to the cost of buying apples from the store.
It just doesn’t matter.
Our kids can gauge the seasonal calendar by watching the apples grow.
They know the life cycle of an apple because they’ve watched it grow from a bud into what later became their afternoon snack.
There’s excitement when the perfect apple is found, later to be talked about again and again…this seriously happens in our house which is kinda crazy.
Some apples are sacrificed for the sake of child’s play, cut and mashed into brews only kids know how to do.
And then there’s the coming together of an old fashioned harvest. The camaraderie of family and friends sharing in the work…which usually translates to hours spent in the kitchen with people I love.
So it’s work, but it’s worth it.
Our apple trees have offered us so much in return for all they require.
And are most definitely one of those things I got right.
Pin recipe above for later…it’s easy and keeps forever in the freezer! Use as applesauce or make into pies or apple crisp. Enjoy!