Don’t Shake The Tree

peaches

Some grandmothers can be full of wisdom.

I did not take advantage of soaking up all the advice my grandmother had to offer and this is a major regret in my life.

I have a distinct memory of playing in the living room of her house, in my own little world, when the phone rang.

I didn’t pay much attention to the very brief conversation before she said the sentence that stopped me in my tracks. She said to the person on the other end of the line, “If you don’t like my peaches, don’t shake my tree.” And then she simply hung up the phone and went on like nothing had happened.

At around the age of 6 years old, I had no clue what had transpired. I think I really believed someone had shook her peach tree and ate a bad peach.

We all need to embrace the peach tree theory. If someone doesn’t like my peaches, I don’t have to go to the ends of the earth to try to provide them with better peaches. They simply need to find a different tree.

And when we find a peach we do not care for, we should not keep shaking the same tree like a gorilla, expecting a different type of peach. We need to find a new tree.

How refreshing to say, “If you don’t like my peaches, don’t shake my tree.” And then just press the red phone button on the iPhone and be done.

 

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