This past year, things seemed to have turned a corner. My oldest joins me every week with yard work, where she routinely mows the lawn. Not many teenagers will mow, much less want to mow, and yet she is out there with me in the 100 degree weather, working away.
My ten-year-old middle daughter was very excited to help build a raised garden bed for melons this past winter. She helped measure, cut, carry, place,and attach. And finally, she helped me dump 20 bags of manure for our garden soil (I told you that there were lots of mentions of manure). She enjoys eating fruit right off of the trees, and was excited when we planted
a kumquat tree this past winter (and her face lit up when she got to eat her first kumquat off of the tree).
All three of my kids at one point or another greeted me at the door this past year with a "Come see what's in our garden" or "Look what I found" or "You'll never guess how many artichokes (or cucumbers, melons, apricots, peaches, etc.) I counted today."
Hmmmm... I don't have any cherries growing in my yard. Maybe that's the next tree I need to plant.