Persimmons, Anyone?

October 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm 14 comments

persimmon tree

I see more squirrels visiting the backyard lately and I think I know why. Ihey’re eyeing the persimmons that are turning from yellow to orange. At this moment, the fruits aren’t quite ready yet, but they know that once the leaves of the tree match the color of rust, they’ll be ready for the taking.

It’ll be soon. The signs are everywhere. Fall is turning into autumn. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. The weather is dropping and the football season is shifting into high gear.

Like the squirrels, I love persimmons, too, which the ancient Greeks referred to as the fruit of the gods. They are sweet, succulent, and easy on the palate. Don’t blame me if I watch the competition whenever I get the chance.

A friend has suggested to hang used CDs on the tree as a moderm version of the scarecrow. She said that the sunlight’s reflection on the CDs and the wind causing them to spin would scare the critters away.

After some consideration, I’ve decided not to do it because it doesn’t level the playing field and would be giving me undue advantage. It’s simply not fair to the squirrels. Although they outnumber me ten to one at last count, they don’t have anybody to take care of them but themselves.

Besides, I don’t think it’s necessary. From the look of it, there should be plenty to share to everyone, even enough to mail to friends and family in Hawaii and the East Coast where they pay premium for these goodies.

The persimmon tree has been around the backyard for as long as I can remember, and through the years, its generosity knows no bounds. It keeps on providing fruits year in and year out without conditions. It’s a nice thought to reflect on as we head to the holiday season.

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