“The car dropped [actor Christopher] Walken off at the West Side apartment he shares with his wife of forty-one years, the casting agent Georgianne Walken. In the kitchen, he pointed at an avocado pit suspended by toothpicks in a glass of water, a green taproot reaching downward. ‘Look, my avocado is growing,’ he said. ‘Isn’t that great? It’s been sitting there for two months, then it did that.'”
in ‘Home Again’ by Peter Stevenson in The New Yorker
I can remember the California Avocado Commission advertisements in magazines, encouraging us all to grow avocado trees from a pit, just as Walken describes his.