Beautiful moments, spaces, and trinkets that have a feeling of warmth and magical familiarity- possessing an exquisite whimsical quality and character.
Sunday, December 31, 1995 The Dallas Morning News
On Thanksgiving Day, The Dallas Morning News ran a delightful article in the Today section called “The Path to Pecan Pie.” Under the headline “Nutgraphs,” we became privy to some rather interesting pecan facts. I was very intrigued by “How old can pecan trees get?” - and the answer - “Nobody knows. There is no age at which they are expected to die or become nonproductive. We do know there are trees that are several hundred years old that are still producing nuts.”
I have always been a believer that we can learn a great deal from nature. For example, all trees have the grace to bend with strong winds, teaching us that being rigid and inflexible in our attitudes can cause us to snap, while gracefully bending allows us to stand firmly rooted without breaking.
“What does the pecan tree know about life that I do not know?”
After chewing on this for the past few weeks, I found an answer. Pecan trees are tragically heroic. During droughts, the tree will send all its moisture to the pecans - choosing to die rather than deprive its offspring of water. Other bearing trees, such as peach trees, will selfishly drop their fruit before they’ll die of thirst.
I wonder, are these pecan trees really “tragically heroic” or are they just incredibly wise? How much closer would we all be to the expectation of limitless life and productivity if we took all of the unselfishness that we often preach, and occasionally practice at this time of year, and made it our way of life? What if we put our fruits first all year round, giving unselfishly of ourselves so that our good works could take on productive lives of their own? What if we put the fruit of church and community first and served these institutions rather than giving in to whatever personal satisfaction that would keep us away from their doors? What if we put our precious fruit, our children, first, and saw to it that they received the academic and moral education they need even if it means turning off the television, being home for dinner hour, or not sleeping in on Sunday morning?
So, as you’re enjoying the scrumptious slice of pecan pie, I urge you to consider the source of your enjoyment. If a tree is known by its fruits, then my tree of choice is the tree that puts its fruits first.