Cuttings

Our Little Tomato Snitch

ILLUSTRATION BY LINDA COOK DEVONA

Several years ago, my family lived in an upstairs apartment. I love gardening, so I planted cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers in pots on a table on the apartment’s deck.

Kyle, my 3-year-old son, was particularly eager for the cherry tomatoes to grow and ripen. When they did, we all enjoyed them alone, in salads, and in other dishes.

Several years ago, my family lived in an upstairs apartment. I love gardening, so I planted cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers in pots on a table on the apartment’s deck.

Kyle, my 3-year-old son, was particularly eager for the cherry tomatoes to grow and ripen. When they did, we all enjoyed them alone, in salads, and in other dishes.

“I think you are the one who’s been stealing all the tomatoes,” I said. “Really?” he asked.

“Yes, really.” At that, we both grinned and started laughing. That was 20 years ago. We all still tell the story—and laugh every time.

—By Linda I. Kinyon of Chewalah, WA.


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