I have mentioned fondly our wonderful friends from New Zealand before, but I must reiterate just how much they mean to us in the short time we have known them. They are without a doubt the easiest people to be around- funny, gentle, and down-to-earth. They are on the same page with us parenting-wise, which is always nice. More than that, I find myself inspired by Kim’s patience with both her boys and her gentle way of mothering. I can and do learn a lot from her each time we are together with our boys… 5 of them when we are all together! They are both exceptionally smart and witty. It’s just good to be around them, and we adore their boys.
When Kim gave birth to her second babe Ezra here in the States, she had a home birth and therefore found herself with a placenta on her hands. As is the tradition in New Zealand, she wanted to plant it under a tree, only they are eventually planning on returning home after Dave’s schooling is complete, so they had no tree to plant it under. We happened to be in the market for a couple more fruit trees on our property… you can see where this is heading!
So last week we got the trees: a peach and a “magic” apple tree (it has four different varieties of apples thanks to grafting branches from different apple tree varieties onto one tree- how cool is that?). We had an impromptu celebratory dinner on our back deck in the middle of the week (perfect!), dug a couple of holes (alright, Andrew dug the holes and accidentally severed our sprinkler line in the process… whoops. all is well now), threw a thawing placenta into one of the holes, and threw plenty of compost down on top of that before planing the peach tree there. And I’m thinking a peach tree was the perfect choice: Ezra is sweet like a peach, he is juicy and plump and fuzzy like one too! Who can resist?
P.s.- Hugo is Emil’s bestest friend in the WHOLE world… I’m hoping his behavior rubs off on Emil and not the other way round!