Every person should develop a portion of patience. Gardeners and farmers need an extra large ration.

Hundred day corn. Ten year crop. Seven years to reach production.

Whether it’s a crop of corn to feed the local hogs and cattle, evergreens destined to become Christmas trees, or trees gifting us with luscious, sweet fruit, patience is required.

The above is an apple orchard. Not in the fall, when the fruit is large and ready to be picked. (And tasted.) This is one full of promise. It was a late spring the year this photo was taken. Usually the blossoms would have come, gone, and the branches would be decorated with small, fresh leaves.

Patience. May I have an extra serving? Please?

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