Peaches

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Georgia O’Keeffe Peach and Glass 1927

Dear Georgia,

Today I bit into a peach that was not entirely ripe and I remembered how my father told me to harvest the peaches before the frost (or was it wind) one of the times I visited him in his last year. I think there was a storm brewing and he said we’d better collect them before they all got knocked off and bruised. I can’t remember if it was August or October. One of those times I was headed into town to the grocery store – this must have been February – and I asked him – can I get you anything? Yes, he said, get me a five pound bag of manure, would you? That made me laugh, but it was no joke – he wanted it to start artichoke shoots in the greenhouse. Later he sent me pictures of the artichokes and I felt proud that I had contributed the poop.

Your peach looks gorgeously ripe, Georgia.

love,

Alice

 

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One thought on “Peaches

  1. Beautiful. The conversation between declining but optomistic father and adult daughter touches my heart. Simple ideas and requests, but they leave a lasting impression. I had some like that with my dad, and I know you had many with yours. Little morsels of happiness, succulent, like a ripe peach.

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