CONCERNING CHERRIES

 

CHERRY. Cherries can symbolise fertility, merrymaking, and festivity. In Japan where cherry blossoms are the national flower, cherries represent beauty, courtesy and modesty. The ancient Chinese regarded the fruit as a symbol of immortality.

“A lie can never be undone. Even the truth is not enough. I am a father, and I know these things. Remember what happened to the  father of our country. He chopped down the cherry tree, and then he said to his father, ‘I cannot tell a lie.’ Soon thereafter he threw  the coin across the river. These two stories are crucial events in American history. George Washington chopped down the tree, and then he threw away the money. Do you understand ? He was telling us an essential truth. Namely , that money doesn’t grow on trees. This is what made our country great, Peter. Now George Washington’s picture is on every dollar bill. There is an important lesson to be learned from all this.”

   “I agree with you.”

   “Of course, it’s unfortunate that the tree was cut down. That tree was the Tree of Life, and it would have made us immune to death. Now we welcome death with open arms, especially when we are old. But the father of our country knew his duty. He could not do otherwise. That is the meaning of the phrase ‘Life is a bowl of cherries.’ If the tree had remained standing we would have had eternal life.”

“Yes, I see what you mean.”

“I have many such ideas in my head. My mind never stops.You were always a clever boy, Peter, and I’m glad you understand.”

   “I can follow you perfectly.”

   “A father must always teach his son the lessons he has learned. In that way knowledge is passed  down from generation to generation, and we grow wise.”

    “I won’t forget what you’ve told me.”

    “I’ll be able to die happily now, Peter.”

Paul Auster

   

 

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