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I have a friend who has had four hip replacements. He rides his bike and walks quite well now. Another friend has had both knees replaced.
This doesn’t slow her down; she starts decorating her house for Christmas around October and hosts a 2-week-long series of parties starting in mid-December with a guest list in the hundreds. Then I have another friend who has completely new teeth permanently implanted in her jaws (after a traffic accident) who plays the most beautiful flute music and teaches flute at three universities in the area.
Then there are the friends to whom we are grafted:
These are the friends that I can call after several weeks or even months of not communicating that just continue the conversation, like we never really stopped communicating. How’s DH’s photo processing coming? How many months behind is he? Are you giving your puppy her eye meds daily? Oh, [Little One's] going to be on stage next week, can you come see him/her? Have you seen [movie or tv x]? We thought of you when we were watching it…
Puppy seems to just know how I’m feeling. When I’m down, she puts a tentative paw in my lap. When I’m feeling good, she is the most exhuberant animal, bringing me toys, barking, jumping up on her hind legs and dancing…
And when I’m in the middle of something in the garden, she doesn’t nose around where I’m working, she turns away from me and watches oncoming traffic as if to protect me from it.
Where am I going with this? Well, I plan to buy or make grafted tomato plants next year to minimize the multi-year blight problems we have been having. I know I’m several years behind in trying them out, but now I have a reason.
Are you too grafted to someone or something? Are you planting something grafted this fall or next spring?