When Belle was about two years old she planted an apple pip. I wasn’t entirely sure it would grow but I knew that planting seeds with your children was one of those wholesome things that parents are supposed to do, and it killed about twenty minutes, so we gave it a go.
We rescued two pips from Belle’s apple, filled a little pot with soil and Belle pushed each pip down into the damp earth with her podgy little finger. She watered them from her small plastic can and waited expectantly. I tried to explain that they can often take more than a day to grow into trees but I’m not sure how much of a concept of time you really have as a two year old.
To be honest, I was half expecting nothing to happen. It’s not that I imagine apples just come from a factory or anything – I know the theory – I just wasn’t sure you could literally take a pip from an apple you were eating, stuff it in a pot and expect it to turn into anything.
This is Belle then:
We didn’t take a picture of the pip, but if we had done it would have looked something like this:
Belle is going to be eleven years old in less than two months and is off to secondary school in September. She has grown quite a bit since she was two. Now she looks like this:
Her apple pip though has shot up even more impressively.
They grow up so fast don’t they?
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