Monday, June 1, 2015
Sharing the Bounty
There is satisfaction in growing your own food. The planting, the sprouting of seeds, the tending and nurturing, the harvesting, the putting by, the eating....each step is filled with hope, magic, a whole lot of happiness, and a deep satisfaction.
When I harvest food from the backyard, when we sit down to a meal that we grew, or when we open a jar of food on a dark, cold winter day that I put by one hot, humid August day, I am reminded of the intentional steps we have taken to get here, of the pleasurable hard work it took to put food on our table, and of the simple joy gardening brings to our family.
On Saturday morning, as the sun rose over the trees, I returned from my morning run and wandered around the garden. I breathed in the intoxicating scent of the lilacs, I peeked in on the sprouts, some now past the sprout stage, I made plans for meals, and I slowly began harvesting greens. Greens to share. You see, one of the many wonderful joys of growing your own food is in the sharing of the bounty. I gathered up a variety of greens, and some chives, packaged them up with a jar of last summer's pickles, and a little vase of lily of the valley, and while out running errands later that morning, quietly left them on the front doorstep of someone special. A little surprise from our backyard to their home.
There is something special in sharing things you have grown, or made. They are simple gifts, filled with love, and I hope, convey to the recipients just how much they mean to us.