Kids grow fast, as do avocado trees — especially when planted over a power-packed placenta. Oddly, prior to looking through the retrospective below, I had felt rushed for both of them to hit some developmental marks even faster.

As of today, Cass can legibly write most of the letters in his name, but he continues to do this curious thing where he writes his c’s backwards.

And as for his Fuerte avocado tree, my aim has beenĀ that it produces fruit for Cass to eat and that it develops a broad branching structure for him to climb. The treeĀ is healthy, but it has yet to produce fruit, and it’s not yet big enough for Cass to climb.

Alas, sometimes you get focused on goals, on achieving results, but miss the wonders of the process along the way.

Cass and placenta tree at birth

Just planted and just born, 2014.

Cass and placenta tree one year old

One year old, 2015.

Cass placenta tree two years old

Two years old, 2016.

Cass and placenta tree three years old

Three years old, 2017.

I’m determined to enjoy processes more. We’re not promised another day on this Earth. The process is really all we have.