What I Learned From An Apple

In my life, what have I learned from apples?

First, some background.

I have been cleaning up again. If you ask my daughter Stephanie about it, she will probably sigh and wonder if I am ever NOT cleaning up stuff. I guess I am a bit like Murphy Brown. (TV show for those who do not know) Murphy was always getting her apartment painted.

Anyhow, I came across some stories and musings about life that I had created the first time I lived in Hamilton. Specifically wrote most of them as part of my Toastmasters training.

Since these stories/musings can be a bit long, I will only put a portion on the main page of my blog, and if interested you can click through to the rest of the post. If you came directly to the full page version, ignore this paragraph.

An apple. Not just a healthy snack. Also a teacher.

The first thing that I think about when I pick up an apple is the power of habits. How so, you ask. For as long as I remember, I have been shining apples on my shirt before eating them. You could clean the apple, and dry it until it is almost as shiny as a mirror, but when you hand it to me I will still shine it. Habit.

What else have apples taught me? These sayings tell us a lot.

“You’re comparing apples and oranges.”

“She was the apple of his eye.”

“An apple does not fall far from the tree.”

“One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.”

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

5 sayings. Some nuggets of wisdom, some just good common sense.

Here is a 6th. “We reap what we sow.”

Now I am going to pick on my “little” brother, Jim. He took swimming lessons when he was young. He stuck to it when many were dropping out. He sowed by working hard at it, and not giving up. How did he reap? He got a nice cushy job as a life guard at the local pool. They paid him to watch bikini clad gals all summer.

What do bikinis have to do with an apple?

Go get an apple. Guess how many seeds are in it. Get your kids to guess. Now cut it open and see who was closest. (and eat the apple as you count!)

Still do not get my point? That’s okay. Here it is.

Pick up one of those seeds and ask one more question. How many apples are in the seed you are holding?

Sow and Reap.


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