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About six weeks ago, right before coronavirus lockdown measures started going into effect, I bought a strawberry plant. How comforting it would be, I thought, to watch it grow! I was thrilled to see the first white blossoms unfold, and beside myself with joy as tight little green buds poked out from under them. Within three weeks, the buds started to look like strawberries! Surely I was days away from having the world's tiniest, most carefully grown fruit salad.
But then, nothing happened. The strawberries got bigger each day, but they were still green, hard and nowhere near brunch table ready. Imagine my surprise when I looked it up: These little things take at least TWO MONTHS to fully grow! It certainly inspires a new appreciation for fresh produce. And, of course, for the struggles — and eventual fruits — of patience and care.