Loyal blog reader Dennis sent me this picture of his first ripe tomato of the season. Here’s his comment: “I just sent this pic to some of my family, telling them ‘this is being sent to you w/ the sole intent of making you jealous!’ Picked today, June 28, 2008, is this delicious looking tomato, a supersonic this is the first tomato to ripen from any of our 14 plants.”
I like the way Dennis notes the month, day and year almost with the precision of a new father reporting the birth of his first child. I’m surprised that Dennis didn’t include a weight in there somewhere. Ha!
I have to tease him, but I’m quite familiar with that sense of pride. It was with much excitement this weekend that I discovered tiny green fruits on all four of my tomato plants, which are the first ones I’ve ever grown on my own. Until I saw those tiny gems hidden in the foliage, I wasn’t quite sure that I could make it work. I guess I’d better not count my tomatoes before they’re ripe, though.
All of this reminds me of my grandfather’s rivalry with my dad over who would produce the first ripe tomato of the season. One time, Paw-paw bought a fire-engine red plastic tomato and wired it onto one of his plants just to tease my Dad. Until Dad realized it was fake, he was practically crippled with jealousy.
Ahhh, good times in the country.