“The ripest peach is highest on the tree.” James Whitcomb Riley
Peaches are a friendly fruit. Where I grew up, a basket of peaches could be used as a thank you gift or a reason to go visit a neighbor.
Peaches arrive in the hottest season. Hope would be a peach’s first message. When things are the hottest, that’s when the peaches show up. I usually associate a peach with the summer my great-grandmother and grandfather came to stay with us for a few days. Even though they were retired at the time, My great-grandfather spent every day outside cleaning the grounds of our house, and I remember my great-grandmother washing dishes in what seemed like scalding hot water. For some reason I associate that summer with peaches, as they must have been growing well at the time. Like a basket of peaches, the blessings spread by my great grandparents always provided a message of hope in the goodness of others.
Peaches provide a rich color. Beauty is an obvious message from a peach. It’s hard to match the color. The fruit picked by Eve must have been the color of a peach. Sometimes we base a whole room’s decoration or a wedding on the color peach. Picasso said it best with his quote about peaches, “One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite – that particular peach is but a detail.“
Peaches sweeten with taste and smell. ”Sweeten everything you touch” must be a peach’s third message to us. We had a peach milkshake the other day that tasted like home-made ice cream. The smell and the taste of a peach is hard to match. A close second would be the mango, Asia’s hot season fruit. Have you noticed how some people’s arrival is a breath of fresh air? If only we could all be like a peach.
With the hot season, we welcome the peach. Here’s hoping that we all, like a peach, bring the messages of hope, beauty, and sweetness with each season.