When Alexander was a newborn, my dad told me he'd love to plant a fruit tree for his grandson so as it grew and bore fruits, he could tell Alexander that 'Gong Gong' planted it and they could enjoy the fruits of his labour together. So last year when my parents were visiting from Singapore, Stu and I bought an apple tree for this very reason.
Alexander was just over one year old then but he participated in the tree planting process; helping with the digging, 'supervising' the actual planting and the watering.
Over the last few months we watched them ripen. Alexander, in particular, would check on their progress everyday. It took every bit of his self-restraint not to pick them until they were ready. And can I just say I'm so proud of that boy for being so patient?