I am amazed by the amount of citrus trees that abound in California, right in people’s yards!
I must confess, I have often driven by in envy, wishing I had a house with such trees on the property.
Imagine: oranges and lemons galore, just falling off the branches, all free for the taking!
Honestly, it sounds glorious. Probably even more so because I use citrus regularly.
But alas – my husband and I live in an apartment where we barely have a palm frond waving in the breeze near the pool, much less a lemon tree or any other fruitful plant.
And it’s especially frustrating to me when I drive by and see a myriad of the fresh fruits scattered like precious jewels along the ground…left there, unused, forgotten, forsaken, and wasted! The abundance of bright balls left to rot on the ground. How could the owners let them go to seed this way?!? It seems such a shame! People like me or others would love to use them and yet they go to waste.
I sigh. I groan inwardly. And I relinquish the fact that they are not my citrus fruit and I move on.
One day a few weeks past, I went for a stroll in the neighborhood on the town that borders where our apartment lies. It’s only a few minutes walk from our abode to this city where the houses start at $1 million. I can’t afford to live there, certainly, but I’m grateful to have such a neighborhood nearby for outdoor walks in the lovely California sunshine.
And so, I went for a stroll.
And on my stroll, I saw a little wooden wheelbarrow sitting at the end of someone’s driveway with a handwritten sign that said: “Free Lemons” and the tiny wheelbarrow quite full with 5 fresh lemons!
Lemons! Fresh lemons! And for free!
Someone had decided to be generous and not to waste them after all! And there they were…I could finally try some home grown citrus fruits!
I was beyond elated.
Not to mention the fact I’d also save a little money – because, again, I frequently buy lemons and here were 5 fresh ones, 4 of which were quite large – larger than any lemons I had ever had that I recall.
Look at them!
Ah…joy…wonder…bliss. Free lemons!
I took them home and Eddie and I enjoyed them.
Well, again just yesterday (as of the writing of this post), I went for a walk and went by that house. Lo and behold there were more lemons in the wheelbarrow – AGAIN!
By golly, this homeowner was choosing not to waste her lemons, but to be generous with them!
Since there was not a “free” sign this time, I did not want to presume they were free so left a little note near the door. The lady called me the next morning and said that indeed, if the lemons were in the wheelbarrow they were free, and that also she would leave me a bag of them to pick up on her front porch.
I surely went by and picked them up and lo and behold she had left me not just the number of lemons that had been in the wheelbarrow – but even more! She generously gave EIGHT lemons!
Given my attempts to increase my frugality on food spending, I was even more grateful for the lemons and the blessing God was giving to us through this lady and her lemons.
What a delightful gift and surprise He gave today!
And all through a lady he used who chose to give away her fresh home grown lemons.