I’ve made it a tradition to buy myself a tree on my birthday. Currently I have 2 lemon trees and a fig tree – the tradition started 3 years ago.
When I first bought the fig tree it was a tallish slender tree with a few leaves right at the top. During the same time, we got my son a labrador for his birthday and unfortunately the labrador destroyed my tree. What remained was a small little twig that seemed dead. My husband wanted to throw it away, but I insisted on moving the tree and promised I would nurture it back to ‘health’.
I eventually replanted it into the soil and really babied it, watering it lovingly, spoke to it often and took special care of it.
The first round of fruit I got from it was one little fig. It was small but very very sweet.
Today, almost 2 years later, the tree has not grown much but it is now a fat tree and this season it has given me about 4 large ripe figs a week. So much so, that I can lovingly give some away to people who know the story and can appreciate the fruit from this tree.
Here are the lessons I’ve learnt from my tree:
- Never discard something that is broken. If you take special care of it, you can literally nurture it back to health.
- Don’t underestimate the underdog.
- The most beautiful things can come from new beginnings.
- Given another chance, you will be pleasantly surprised.
- You only need one person to believe in you and stand by your side.
Everytime I enjoy a fig I remember how far my tree has come and I am amazed by its tenacity.