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Happy Father’s Day 2011

Walnut Tree - 5 years old

Happy Father’s Day

to

All Father

Step-Fathers

Father’s-to-be

Grandfathers

Great-Grandfathers

Godfathers

Foster Fathers

AND ALL THE SPECIAL MEN OUT THERE,

WHO ACT AS FATHERS, TO MANY OF YOU.

If you are wondering why I chose a picture of my English Walnut tree for this post, I have a nice story to share.

This tree is already 5 years old, so it has two more years to grow, before bearing walnuts.

I received this tree, as a small seedling,  from my uncle (my father’s brother), who was my father figure during my teen years,  as I was growing up in the US without my parents.

As a child, we had walnut trees on my parents’ property in Europe, and I remember how much fun it was to watch the green peels, covering the walnut, to dry out slowly, crack open, and release the fully ripen walnut into the grass below.

We had lots of fun creating a competitive game of finding as many walnuts as possible, in the shortest time.  At the same time,  picked up all the ripen walnuts for mom to use in her Walnut Torte.

So you see, this English Walnut tree is quite special to me, and very fitting for a Father’s Day post.

Please share your special Father’s Day related story with all of us.

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