I’m bringing the guacamole to the party… in 13 years!
I just found out that it takes 5-13+ years for an avocado tree grown from seed to bear fruit! Whoaholymybatmanthatsalongtimegoodness!
That made me realize that if we all understood how long it really takes for nature to move, for a tree to run it’s natural course, and we were the specific person that tended to that tree for all of those years, we would respect them in a totally different way. If I cared for a tree for 12 years and it got sick and died that year, the year before it fruited, I would be so attached to it at that point that I would weep.
But I also would cry because after 12 years, the tree would be my dear friend. I would have learned to love it not just for its fruit bearing potential, but because it sat by my side and laughed when I laughed and cried when I cried. Or would have, if it could. The same way that if I could have not laughed when I laughed or not cried when I cried, but just stood grounded by its side as it went through life, I would. It would be a part of whatever home I call home. And its livingness would be very apparent to me.