Quote of the day...er...week...umm...hey, look, a quote!!

Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas.

It says "...freedom of...", not "...freedom from...".

Nolite te bastardes carburundorum!

"It's amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness. People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we're compassionate we'll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint." - Penn Jillette

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Berry Stains

I was cutting fruit to take along tomorrow, to pack into a cooler so we would have cold, sweet things to sustain as as we drove.

Pineapple first, golden chunks so juicy and inviting, I had to take a morsel into my mouth and taste the sweetness, feel the sharpness.

Grapes next, no cutting but rather plucking them from the stems, seedless red globes like little juicy bullets, firm, near to bursting. One found its way into my mouth, so lovely.

Watermelon followed, dripping chunks cut smaller, bite sized. I like to suck on watermelon chunks, savor them slowly.

Finally, the strawberries. Succulent, scarlet, sweet and a little tart, I hulled them, sliced them in half, dropped the jewels into a container. Oh, how I wish I could transcribe the fragrance of fresh berries into words. My fingers were wet, covered with strawberry stains, and I had to lick them, one by one, inhale the scent as I did.

Food should be sensual, sensory, sacred. It had become habit, chore, something to be got done, of late...but I was reminded of what a wonder is fresh produce, of how fine it is to harvest and devour what nature has made perfect on her own, without processing, refining, or chemicals. How grand to have berry juice to suck from my fingers, sweet simplicity...

4 comments:

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Gods...
Makes one long to be a berry...

Um, on an aside-- "hull" a strawberry...

???

is this like 'pitting'.?.
seriously; elaboration, pleeze...

[and hold the sensuality, lest you earn spatula-spanking...]

Mamma Schmoo said...

MMMMMMM sounds good!! I love this time of year for all the wonderful, fresh fruit that is available.

Anonymous said...

so next time we are at fest and I decline a taste remind me of this post. YUM!

love ya sis, my heart is with you
K

Mother Medusa said...

Mmmmm.....