Day 84: Throw away an apple core in a park.Posted: March 25, 2011
The first thing to do was decide what kind of apple to eat and discard. My very favorite cultivars – Russets of various sorts, Ginger Golds – are only available (at least here in Texas) in the fall. The Golden Deliciouses looked okay, but not amazing; I wasn’t really in the mood for a Pink Lady; everything else was huge, and I don’t like eating a softball-sized apple.
I finally settled on a Pacific Rose, a variety I’ve never had before (or don’t remember having had, anyway). They were good, kind of like a sweet Pink Lady, not very tart – not an apple I’d want to eat all the time, but still tasty.
I ate one this evening while Ella was at soccer practice, and I’d intended to leave the core there — but the park where they practice is basically a big field, and the grass is kept short enough that I doubt the core would have a chance to sprout, and certainly any tree that sprung up would be summarily uprooted and cast into the unquenchable fire.
I needed, rather, a place that was both untended and not so overgrown that my poor little apple core would have no chance. There are parks like that in the area — just not the one I was at — but I didn’t want to make a special trip.
Instead, I just threw the core from the window of the moving car on the way home, toward a place that looked likely.
It’s not littering if it’s biodegradable, right?
I wasn’t able to “mark the spot well,” obviously, but my core isn’t likely to make a tree, anyway, and I’ll have forgotten about this by next week — there’s no way I’m going to remember in two decades.
Shit, we probably won’t even still have trees in 2030 — the Singularity will have happened by then, and if The Terminator trilogy is any guide, our new robot overlords will have no use for trees.
Poor little apple.