Sunday, June 22, 2008
The Crab Apple Tree
This crab apple tree in our yard has been around since before I was born, which was right around the time the wheel was invented.
I remember playing under and climbing in this tree. Although it has threatened to die on us many times through the years, it still produces crab apples, which are good for the following:
1. Falling onto the ground, rotting and attracting wasps. Barefooted (or barefoot? barefeeted?) children and folks on tractors cutting grass do not care much for rotting apples that attract wasps. Also, the thought of sitting on tractors with moving blades that go over rotting crab apples and wasps while simultaneously pushing low-hanging branches out of the way to avoid falling off onto rotting fruit and stinging wasps is causing me to swat nervously at the air and is bringing tears to my eyes, so let's move on to the next possible use for crab apples....shall we?
2. Crab apple jelly;
3. I have no earthly idea what crab apples are good for.
All I can tell you is one summer my mother made crab apple jelly, and I recall it was OK. Nobody ever really ate them, nobody made pie out of them, just the jelly.
I feel wasps crawling all over me and I'm starting to smell rotten apples. I have to go now.
On an entirely unrelated note, on Thursday of this week through Thursday of next week, I will be trapped on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in a camper with NO laptop, NO internet access, NO ability to read or comment on blogs, and NO access even to a library for a quick pit stop to feed my addiction. Can someone please tell me what the remedy is for internet addiction and how best to cope with withdrawals? I am already feeling the twinges and flinches and sometimes I feel a seizure coming on at the prospect of no internet access. Is there a 12-step program of some kind? Help!