A beautiful autumn harvest is happening all around us. Farms and gardens enjoy the fruit of their labors. What started with a seed in the early spring has become a bountiful yield of nutritious and sustaining fruits and vegetables. In the same way, mentors plant seeds in the hearts of the youth they work with. Life lessons in honesty, trust, faith, and hope are planted by example as you spend time with a child. Sometimes growth seems slow and we get frustrated. Like the seeds planted in the spring, one must wait for the appointed timing before fruit appears. Be patient. Showing up and being yourself-just being a friend-is the environment needed to help make a difference. The seed in their heart is growing...fruit will come.