May/June 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Nature's NatureMay 1, 2017 |

Ground Cherry, Chinese Lantern, or Cape Gooseberry

Proud to be slightly sour, a symbol of hopeif you are the sort who goes looking for symbols of hope, I live just barely in hiding, barely sweetin my nearly tetrahedral envelope, unlikely to flourish whenever the winter is warm. My favorite song is "Shelter from the Storm."Bent at the top, like a family-friendly camper or a decrepit Russian Orthodox dome, with a slight twist like wicker near the peak or hardy amid tattered petals, like a beach rose, I could give good advice about what else to eat, or how to pick a better motor home.Like other sweet fruits not commonly fedto children, I have been considered a garnish or an inedible ornament. Part of me wants to keep feeling self-sufficient. The other part, however, craves attention: little not-quite-cultivar, drab-jacketed counterexampleto one or two of agricultures laws, I want to show that it's OK—people might even like it—for you to stay low to the ground and remain as you are. 

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