It was just a seedling when we planted it.
For months it sat there with no sign of growth. No amount of fertilizer or water made any difference.
My children were disappointed. They were looking forward to the sweet-smelling flowers and round, juicy fruit, imagining a lemonade stand on the nature strip.
My wife wanted to pull it out. “It’s a dud, get rid of it.”
I began to pay a “visit” each night before bed.
Suddenly- the lemon tree exploded into life and fruitfulness. “What happened?” my wife asked.
“Dunno…it’s a mystery”. I wonder if she noticed my smirk?
Written by Peter Larsen
Peter is a secondary teacher at Traralgon College in Victoria, Australia.