Confessions of a Robbed Robin Hood
At an abandoned gas station across the street, they loitered. Cheeky
round things, peeking through the foliage, blushed in the sun.
While land battles were waged through pocket picket signs on yards and
election-year newspaper articles about possible big box super stores,
these coy ones loitered, blossomed, and hung out silent in a forgotten
Knowing they were unclaimed and the land long-forsaken, I bounced
happily across the street, assuming they were mine. What abandoned gas
station cares about apples on a small lone tree? In an area that may
soon be demolished for a parking lot, who was planning on these pommes?
Throughout the summer, I popped over for a juicy green apple, thrilled
to have “my own” tree finally. Seeing landfall apples neglected on the
ground confirmed my conclusion. These could be mine, I sighed happily.
Hearing of the wonders and necessity of frost on apples, I restrained
myself for a number of weeks. This morning in the brisk morning air,
needing an apple for my Korean Bulgogi lunch, I skipped across the
street to my apple tree.
They were gone. High branches, low branches, even the windfall apples
had been scooped up. Empty leaves and silent swaying branches stared
back at me.
The mystery remains, and makes me blush slightly. Had local neighbors
watched in amusement and awkward worry as I justified my Robin Hood
moments of taking apples from a faceless parking lot and gas station
conglomerate? Or had passing vehicles harkened upon my find, and
profited too? Worst, had the business tycoons been notified of their
rakish unaware rogue?
Blushing in Minnesota, and apple-less… I humbly join Ann in counting gifts:
-for ill-gotten apples, apparently
-for blushing acknowledgement of guilt
-for an afternoon of building raised garden beds with my dad and husband
-sunshine dripping cold off September leaves
-crisp morning air rushing in windows, cuddled blankets with four year old
-fresh cookies and coffee hot
-for his help in choosing peace, calm, kindness and the resulting joy and unity that brings!
Good evening, you. I am glad you are here. What was your day like today? What gifts are you counting as thanks today? Have any weekend confessions to laugh at with me too?
Photo credits to Microsoft clip art.