Every day I wander to the end of the field and tempt fate at the fig tree. I’m not sure why exactly I’m doing this, I mean I like figs and all, but if you saw how many “calabrone” love figs you would probably think I was crazy. And perhaps this is my point. For some reason when I successfully snatch a few fruit from the tree I get a small rush of satisfaction of taking what’s mine and not getting stung by the angry hornets of the world. It’s all very metaphorical to me about my life. I know that if I do get stung it will hurt like hell, but I also know there’s a good chance I will survive to tell the tale.
I once read a book by Shirley Maclaine, called “Out on a limb”. The best quote from this book is from the title, “If you want the fruit from the tree than sometimes you have to go out on a limb”. She wrote another book called “Don’t fall off the mountain” in which she decided to go trekking in the Himilayas and again, the best quote is from her husband who as a way of expressing his concerns says “Whatever you do, don’t fall off the mountain”. This may seem like an obvious thing, I mean who wants to fall off a mountain or get stung by an enormous hornet. I get it! As nutty as Shirley Maclaine is, the moral of her stories touch home with me in a big way.
- Be brave
- Don’t be greedy
- Don’t be stupid
I’ve enjoyed 2 or 3 figs a day, enough for one person for a snack. The rest can stay for the “calabrone”. I’ve also started to pick the olives myself. Yesterday the weather was good and so I bundled up and went to work. My failed weekend plans for an olive picking party went bust with the rain but as I sat here yesterday morning at my computer blogging I thought to myself why am I waiting on everyone else to appreciate these olives? It felt good to get some fresh air and I had an immense sense of accomplishment and aching muscles but I did it!
So, if you will excuse me, I’ve got half a day here to get a few more olives in the basket before I clean up for work and head back to the city. Have a great day and whatever you do, don’t fall off any mountains!