Memories from the Tomatoes in my Grandfather's
“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the
One of the things I tell my clients
and students is that all Hypnosis is Self Hypnosis. And Hypnosis is simply being receptive to a suggestion. The suggestion
could be from an outside source, or a memory, or a combination of both.
And you just
never know when a suggestion will enter your mind and take you into a state of Self Hypnosis.
For example, yesterday I bought some cherry tomatoes. I was hoping they would taste as good as the ones I used to
eat in my Grandfather's garden.
When I got home and put away the rest of the groceries,
there were the tomatoes, just waiting for me on the counter.
I opened the carton
and took one out, washed it thoroughly, got a little bit of salt on the end of it, and bit into it. And then it happened!
I was back in my Grandfather's garden, four or five years old, walking through the rows of peas, beans, onions, corn, and
okra plants and the plum and peach trees, and of course the tomato plants. I could feel the sunshine, smell the freshness
of the air - it was a lot fresher then - and feel the dirt underneath my bare feet.
“You have to do your own growing
no matter how tall your grandfather
I used to love to go see my
Grandparents. They loved me unconditionally, even though I was small for my age, even though I was a bookworm, and even had
an imaginary friend. My Grandmother would even hold the door open for him!
me a lot about honesty, integrity, and just being a good person. Others called my Grandfather “Shorty” –
which is a name that described his height – he was only 5’ 1”, but he made up for his height in love, humor,
integrity, and intelligence. My Grandmother called my Grandfather Carl, which was his name, and he called her Lula Mae
which was her name. Sometimes he called her his little "Chigger". Why? I don't know.
My Grandmother was taller than my Grandfather, at least when she wore her Sunday shoes that had a slight heel on them.
She taught me to share bread crumbs with the sparrows, which she called ChiChies. Why did she call them that? I don't know.
She just did. But the important thing was she taught me to share. She said that’s how she paid them for
the songs they sang for her.
My Grandparents taught me a lot about life, character, and integrity. They also taught me that happiness
comes from within, and not from possessions. Their house was small, but full of love and kindness.
My Grandfather's birthday was April 29th, 1901 - maybe that's another reason why the cherry
tomatoes reminded me of his garden. My Grandmother's birthday was October 18th, 1902. And they got married on
April 23rd, 1925. They saw a lot of changes in their lives. And so have I!
They were gardeners,
but not just of plants. They did a very good job of helping to raise me as well. Even though I had a great Mother
and Father, I still enjoyed my time with my Grandparents and the lessons I learned from them.
us be grateful to people who makes us happy,
they are the charming gardeners who
make our souls blossom.”
One time when I was probably around six, my Grandfather told me I shouldn't walk with my hands held behind
my back because it made me look like a little old man. I told him I did because I saw him do it. By the smile on his face,
I knew he was proud that I was wanting to walk like he did. He told me I had plenty of time to be old later.
I'm over 60 now, but I still haven't found that time yet.
And all this from the
taste of a little cherry tomato. And I never knew that tomatoes could be used as a tool for self Hypnosis!
And that's my story, and I'm
sticking with it!