Heirloom tomatoes: lumpy, scarred, misshapen, irregular in every way. We have them, because for generations someone has lovingly saved the seed. Inside, the flavor is magnificent. Yet our idea of tomato beauty is a perfect red orb without spot or scar on the outside, able to withstand the trip from farm to market without a blemish. But do they have any flavor?
Like tomatoes, I’ll take my people with a few lumps and irregularities, the reflections of character and wisdom developed through learning from the exigencies of life.