The plum that fell from the tree looked ripe…smaller than purple plums one would find at the grocery, but every bit as purple.
It was the largest plum by far that I’d ever seen on this tree. All I had seen were small and hard – similar to the fruit of a Bradford Pear tree. We all assumed the tree to be ornamental (richly purple leaves) since all the fruit we saw on it was inedible. (This was also true of the tree from which it originated.)
As I held the plum in my hand, I wondered if our assumptions about the tree were wrong. I gazed up into the tree in search of other fruits of similar size. There, scattered about, were a few of similar size.
Apparently, birds and squirrels had robbed us of every edible plum well before they reached maturity.
I looked again at the plum in my hand. It looked perfect, albeit small.
Curiosity got the best of me and I sunk my teeth into its flesh.
The acrid taste was not what I expected and it lingered far longer than the allure of the fruit.
I tossed the plum to the ground and regretted my decision to taste it.
- Things aren’t always what they appear, or as they appear.
- My judgment is not always accurate or wise.
- Looks are often deceiving.
- There is no “undo” in real life.
- Wrong actions reap unpleasant consequences.
- Desire leads us in directions wisdom would never take us.
- Sometimes it’s just better NOT to have knowledge about some things.
- Wrong choices can leave a bitter taste in one’s mouth.
- Consequences last far longer than the initial attraction.