Girls are like Apples on Trees

I want my daughter to know…

Girls are like
apples on trees. The best
ones are at the top of the tree.
The boys don’t want to reach for
the good ones because they are afraid
of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they
just get the rotten apples from the ground
that aren’t as good, but easy. So the apples
at the top think something is wrong with
them, when in reality, they’re amazing.
They just have to wait for the right
boy to come along, the one
who’s brave enough
to climb
all the way
to the top
of the tree.

Words by Pete Wentz


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    I love this Michael! I saw this somewhere a long time ago (relatively speaking) and I captured it on my StumbleUpon account as well as downloaded it to show to my wild brood of boys and girls (7 is plenty).

    It’s true as rain and I’m so blessed to see it again as I had forgotten about it. What a lucky little girl you have!


    1. When I searched on it I found it’d been around a while. Sometimes as a dad of a 3½ year old I miss stuff flying by in pop culture. I’m not saying I live under a rock. Well, that kinda is what I’m saying. Anyway, I love the quote and wanted to share it. Thanks, Samantha.

  1. I’ve never seen this before. I love it!

    1. I’m glad, Jacqui. I, too, had not seen it before either; though apparently it’s been around for a while. Anyway, I thought the message was a good one. Love your most recent post. Left a comment (well, two). 😉

  2. I’ve always loved this quote! A great way for your daughter to think!

    1. Hello, Dawn Marie! Congrat’s on the baby to be. Loved the blanket you made. Great start on your blog! My wife started one on blogger (blogspot) when she was pregnant, too. She also has a more public blog at Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. So true!

    1. Thanks, Julie!

  4. I appreciate the motivation behind this poster, you want to make your daughter feel special. But it really, really bothers me. I do not want to teach my daughter that her value is hanging around for boys to ‘pick’ her, (and what if she ‘picks’ a boy? Is she then then rotten and fallen?) As well, it sets up judgement of anyone who ‘has’ a boy, as they are obviously easy.

    1. I can totally see your point of view, though I doubt young Mr. Wentze expected this bit of well meaning fluff to be taken quite so seriously. Your daughter and my daughter have loving parents who will do their best to instill an appropriate level of self-confidence and respect. Besides, my daughter’s really more like a peach on a tree. 😉

  5. This is awesome…and so true. Love the message and the presentation.

    1. Thanks so much, Creed. I can’t take credit for the quote or even the idea of making it into an apple tree, but I did lay it out and added the colors, if that counts for anything? 😉

  6. I love this poem! This explains a lot on dating and relationships for teens as well as young adults.

    You almost got me with the red letters. I thought it was supposed to be a hidden message, then I realized that they were the fruits.

    1. Oh, Kyla. I’m not so cleaver to have hidden a message within the red letters. Great idea, though! 🙂

  7. Beautiful poem. The boy just don’t get the message you have to work harder to get the girls worth having. Good Analogy

    1. Thanks, Paula! It may be a bit of an oversimplification of a very complex topic, but I thought the gist of the message was good.

  8. Iove that- never read it before:)

    Love the visual too! Just pinned it;)

    1. Thank you, Shannon! Guess I wasn’t the only one who’d not seen it before. Glad you like it, and thanks for pinning it!

  9. This was awesome Michael. Haven’t read this one before either but when I did it made me smile. I have 2 girls myself and with being all the way on top of that tree, that special someone BETTER be brave and make the effort to get up there to the top for them LOL Thanks always for the great post.

    1. Yeah, Michael, it’s made me smile, too. Though truth be known, my girl will be at the top of the tower I’m constructing for her. 😉

  10. I have a lovely apple tree in my garden. Unfortunately the apples fall from the tree before they are fully grown. This happens every year.

  11. Thanks for the great blog posts. I’d seen this poem someplace before, and I’m glad you shared it. It’s very much the way I want my daughters to feel.

    1. While a bit of a stereotype, it does make some good points. I’m glad you liked it, Marc.

  12. Don’t really like though the idea of easy = rotten, it also makes it all on the girl the responsibility of choice. It risks being analog to the unfortunate key – lock metaphor. It also antagonizes the sexualities.

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