There are some things from our childhood that we never forget, and some of my
most enduring childhood memories involve the beautiful concord grapevine
that grew on the rustic wood arbor in our back yard.
In the summer, we kids would take our toys and spend hours at a time playing
under that old grapevine. It seemed like no matter how hot it got outdoors it
was always cool under there!
And of course I can clearly remember how much I loved picking those plump and
juicy, purple concord grapes off the vine when they became ripe in the fall. I
would eat so many of them that I thought I wouldn't be able to walk back in to
the house. But I always did, and
mom would send me straight into the bathroom to
wash the messy grape juice from my face.
Of course our grapevine wasn't just there for fun and games. Mom would pick
whatever grapes were left after us kids and the birds had had our fill, and she
would set to making homemade grape jelly or jam. I just loved eating the first
sandwich made from a fresh batch of grape jam - usually while it was still hot
from the canning process!
Today, my wife and I saw some grapevines at our local nursery and all of those
memories came flooding back into my mind. How wonderful it would be to have a
concord grape vine or two growing in the back yard behind our new house! I
started to make an impulse buy right there on the spot, but I decided to hold
off and do some shopping at a few of the online nurseries instead.
But one thing is for certain: We will have a couple of grape vines growing out
back before long, just in time for our granddaughter
Olivia to make a few
childhood memories of her own!
About the Author:
Rick Rouse is the owner of RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources.
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