We have 80 different apple trees on our property.
They are a sight to behold when they are all laden with fruit….
These are pictures from 2009 and 2010:
I was out in the orchard today checking on the 2012 crop.
Noticed they are about ready to go through their thinning process :
I took this picture this afternoon.
If you look really closely, there are larger apples as well as little tiny ones.
Just to give you an idea, the larger ones are about the size of a quarter…the smaller apples will drop off in the next week or two so that the tree will pour it’s energy into the apples that remain.
I’ve been blogging since 2007.
Hard to believe.
Noticed on my counter this morning there have been over 300,000 hits, whatever that means
During this time my wife and I have become friends with people literally from around the globe.
I’ve met 4 of you in person, in some cases more than once.
A handful of you are also friends on face book, so that has added another dimension to our interactions.
I have been very intentional from the very beginning to include my wife in all of my interactions on line. We share the same e-mail address, same Face book account, etc. Most of us have heard accounts of people running off with someone they “met” on line. Unfortunately that sort of thing happens in a broken world.
and I don’t want it to ever happen to me….
If you think it could never happen to you, then the slide has already been greased.
Every so often, I will meet another blogger and really “click”…a genuine friendship will begins to form… (like an apple) but then one day, when I log on to visit their blog… poof..they are gone, no notice..just gone….like those small apples that will fall off during thinning.
Even though I know it’s a natural and healthy process, it leaves me a little sad….
That happened again this week.
Blogging friend dropped off the radar.
I was tempted to feel like Puff the Magic Dragon..
Remember the song?
the little boy sudden stops coming to visit…
Fortunately for me,
I am surrounded by several loving nurturing relationships…..both on-line as well as in person.
I thought about the apple tree and its ability to only grow so many apples in a season…
There’s a reason for that.
Even those of us that tend to be more social than others can only maintain and invest in a limited number of relationships.
I used to think there was no limit to the number of friendships I could stay current with.
Not any more
Those of us that blog, blog for different reasons….
If you’re a blogger, why do you blog?
If you’re not a blogger but enjoy reading blog posts..what do you get out of it?
Is it possible to have genuine friendships with people and never meet them in person?
Do you have any friendships that started on line and matured into something significant in your life?