Essay about a tree with as many memories as apples

Wins state contest
Fifth-grader Victor Flores won a statewide essay contest with a remembrance of his grandfather, who planted an apple tree in his grandson’s North Canaan yard. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

NORTH CANAAN — When Victor Flores was a newborn, his grandfather came to visit.

“It was his one and only trip from El Salvador,” the North Canaan Elementary School fifth-grader said. “He came to see me. While he was here, he planted an apple tree. It was the best thing I could have asked for from my grandfather.”

About a decade later, it produces apples that are green and very sour. Victor eats them not because they taste very good, but because it is all he has left of his grandfather.

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