Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Let Your Light Shine

Before Dave and I pruned our peach tree last weekend, we did a little Internet digging on the how-to, and found that 50% of the growth had to go.

As we Sawz-all-ed big branches out of the middle, half of me cried over all the progress that was taken away, just like that. But the other half of me saw the potential for new growth. Now, there's a lot of room in the center where the sun will shine down, where juicy fruit will bloom in July.

While my students revise their analysis essays today, I will remind them of this. That is takes some heavy pruning to let in the light, the potential, the good stuff.

I wish I had time to grab some canned peaches, so that we could taste the labor of our efforts.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love, love, love this post! And I will be sharing it with my composition students, too. :-)

Bethany Mattingly said...

Great analogy! and sooo true.

Anonymous said...

I love this analogy. So many of my students think they're "done" when they're not.

Kjersten said...

SO true.