The Palisade Peach Festival is just around the corner (meaning it is close). I was looking through this year’s schedule of events and was reminded (like I am every year at this time) of how my husband and I fell in love.
Errol and I were both working for a healthcare organization in Fruita, Colorado. He was the COO (Chief Operating Officer) and I had just been hired to manage the company’s on-site childcare facility. In other words, he was my boss!
I had moved to Colorado because I needed a support system. I had left my alcoholic husband at a city mission in Ohio because he was unsafe around our children. The kids were nine, thirteen, and fifteen at the time. Our youngest was not adjusting well at all. In fact she was so angry, and had so much emotional pain that she started cutting. I remember staring at her arms in disbelief, after she had cut her wrists multiple times with pieces of broken glass. (For more on the topic of cutting, including how to get help for you or a family member, click here: Teens Health).
I was beside myself* with grief, guilt, and fear all rolled into one. I called Errol (my boss) and explained what was happening. I’ll never forget what he told me.
“Right now, you just need to focus on your family. Take care of your daughter. “
He told me he would make sure my staff had the support they needed and that I didn’t need to worry about things at work. I “just needed to focus on my family.” I was so relieved and grateful to have such a supportive and understanding boss.
Truthfully, the events of that dark period are still somewhat of a blur. I know I took my daughter to the hospital emergency room, but I don’t remember how much work I missed because this story turns around….When I got back to my office I found a peach sitting on my desk and laying beside the peach was a small card which simply said, Have a peach of a day! Click To Tweet
The card was unsigned, but it was written on the back of Errol’s business card. I remember feeling very cared for. Errol became my mentor and my best friend.
After my first marriage ended, I realized that Errol was the partner I had been seeking all my life. I shared my feelings with him (which was risky because he was still my boss!). Lucky for me however, Errol felt the same deep friendship and connection. We explained our situation to the CEO, who agreed to become my boss, so Errol and I could date each other without others raising concerns* about our growing romance.
Several months later we were married. We have been happily married for 15 years, and peaches have remained a symbol of our soft, sweet, beautiful love for each other.
Peaches are featured in several English idioms and expressions. Here are several, along with examples of how to use them (If you know of others, please add it to the comment section below):
A peach To say someone is “a peach” means they are sweet and kind. Example: Errol was a peach to leave me something to encourage me when I was down.*
Peach fuzz A young boy’s first whiskers are sometimes described as peach fuzz. Peach fuzz can also mean the fine light colored hair found on the body of children and women (vellus hair). Example: The guy’s friends teased him about shaving, saying all he had on his face was peach fuzz.
Peaches and Cream complexion A peaches and cream complexion is smooth, and has a soft, even-toned, pinkish, blush. It is beautiful. (See the photo below. These boys have peaches and cream complexions).
Peachy This means, nice or good. Example: The title of this post is Just Peachy. “Just Peachy” is an expression meaning “fine.” When someone asks, How are you doing? You can answer, “I’m just peachy!” We could also say, “Everything is peachy!”
Peachy keen This variation of “peachy” was popular in the 1950’s -1970’s to mean “real good, cool.” Example: I am peachy keen today! I’m on top of my game!*
The pits When something is rough, tough, hard, difficult, and undesirable it can be described as “the pits.” The center of a peach, its seed, is called a pit or a stone. Example: No matter what you call the center of a peach, breaking a tooth on one would definitely be the pits!
Going from the pits to peachy
As I was retelling my love story, I was surprised at how sad my story was at the beginning. I’ve been in love and happy for so long, I almost forgot how miserable and stressful my life used to be. It truly was the pits (see the definition above).
In the Bible, the book of Isaiah, chapter 61, God promises to turn grief into joy and to provide comfort to those who mourn. This promise was made to God’s people, the Jews. But because God’s people rejected Him (when they rejected Jesus), those promises were extended to the non-Jew as well. Now, Jew and non-Jew alike can establish a relationship with God Himself. His promises are true for all mankind. Test Him and see that He is true and good, and let Him turn your life around,* just like He did for me.