A for Apple
Once upon a time there was a tree which was laden with fruits, all hanging low that they were easily eaten by all the animals who sauntered and grazed in the orchard in which it was planted.
Many birds too sat in its branches and pecked at its fruits and enjoyed its delicious fruits.
And the bees and the butterflies enjoyed the juice of the broken fruit when they alighted on it.
But the more the birds and the bees and the butterflies hovered around the tree the more fruits it bore. It never ran out of fruits.
Every season it became more and more plentiful. Soon other trees like him also became laden with fruits and the whole orchard smelt heavenly.
One day two people came walking into the orchard. They were a man and a woman. They saw the fruit trees and were delighted.
They eat the fruits and decided they were going to pluck them all and sell them and go into the business of fruit selling . So that is what they did . They plucked each and every fruit from each and every tree, packed them in boxes and sent them to the city to be enjoyed by them.
Now there were no fruits left for the animals, the birds, the butterflies and the bees.
Since they had nothing to eat they decided to leave and find another place where they did not have to be hungry. So they left the orchard.
As soon as they left the apple trees stopped bearing fruits. They were so lonely without their friends who enjoyed their fruits but did not finish all of them at one go.
When the trees stopped bearing fruit the man and woman wondered what to do .
They went to a village to consult a horticulturist who is a person who knows all about planting trees. They told him what had happened and asked him what to do.
The horticulturalist told them, “Ah, you have been very greedy.”
Then he took out a seed from his shed and told them, “Go and plant this acorn and wait for it to grow. Only when it is fully grown will your problems be over. Till then do not go near the apples trees”
The man and woman did what the horticulturist had told them to do. They planted the acorn and waited for it to grow into a tree.
Now the acorn takes a long time to grow and to be fully grown it takes many years. Many years passed while the tree from the acorn was growing slowly.
The apple trees, meanwhile had got some rest. Slowly they started flowering and then fruits began to appear. The animals, birds, bees, butterflies came back to enjoy the fruits and the flowers. When they came back the fruits also started multiplying. Soon the apple orchard was as before, plentiful.
The apple tree flowered again
But the acorn was taking so long to become an oak tree that the man and woman were too old to work, plucking fruits, packaging them and sending them to the city to be sold. They had become like aardvarks, slow, ungainly and sleepy.
So they decided that they were no longer going to be in the fruit business but will manage with whatever they could get to eat and spend the rest of their days meditating about the nature of trees.
Soon they were going to find out that you cannot mess with nature or a horticulturist will come and fix the problem and,maybe, turn them into aardvarks.