On a trip, far, far away — further than I could walk,
— a trip that happened after a long walk — in a luxurious contraption called a motor car,
— I found a Chilean plum, in a grocery store.
The color was delightful, and I purchased one…
–to bring back to the village — and feed the children a taste.
After taking a few videos and pictures with the beautiful fruit —
–we cut it into small pieces, and set it out as a treat for a four-year-old’s birthday, passing the dish around.
The fruit was soft, and juicy, and sweet.
We were careful — to save the seed.
Hoping to see — if it might be possible — to grow something similar in the village.
We all knew that if we could get something like that seed to produce — like a good “Jack and the Beanstalk” story, the fruit could generate income, and fill nutritional gaps — for the orphans and the widows.
Something as simple as a good seed could also house, clothe, and educate the widow with the green thumb — or — the struggling young student with the internet connection.
On a different continent, a few weeks later — I went to a grocery store.
I smiled when I saw the same little plums on the shelf. My hope — was that the little barefooted children in the far off village where these fruit were produced — were able to go to school by the cost of their produce.
Some may think that someone as far away as a fruit picker in the subtropical nations doesn’t have an impact on their well-being or daily lives —
— but the fruit was just one glowing example of how far the efforts of their simple labor were able to reach. The cheery little fruit was brightening the produce baskets in three different corners of the world.
It’s a wonder to me, that people can walk past the fruit in their grocery stores, and really not know the lands or the people they come from. The fruit has a shorter lifespan, and yet travels further, than most people do.
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