Friday, July 11, 2014

life is a just bowl of cherries

the okanagan cherries have arrived in victoria !!!
they are the best... so sweet, so plump, so firm, and so expensive (but worth every penny)
and we are gobbling them up so fast ...
that my kids are putting them in bowls and have started labeling their portions.

every time i get groceries (which is pretty frequent when you have growing teens), 
i purchase several pounds... because they don't last long.

'life is just a blow of cherries' was the title of a popular song from the 1930s 
written by lew, brown, ray, and henderson

the lyrics goes....

People are queer, they're always crowing,
scrambling and rushing about
why don't they stop someday,
address themselves this way?
Why are we here? 
where are we going?
It's time that we found out
we're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday.

Life is just a bowl of cherries;
Don't make it serious;
Life's too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.

So keep repeating it's the berries;
The strongest oak must fall.
The sweet things in life to you were just loaned,
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
so live it, love it, wriggle your ears
and think nothing of it, you can't do without it
there's no two ways about it.
So live and laugh at it all.
when i read these lyrics... 
my interpretation is that like a bowl of cherries, 
that comes into season only once a year and disappears so quickly...
life is definitely too short and must be savoured and enjoyed.

also, some of the lines allude to the temporary and fleeting qualities of material 
pleasures and the lasting effects of love and laughter

we all need little reminders like this...
as a mother, i want to savour and enjoy my time (the here and now) with my two teenagers. 

i know they need me to nurture their physical needs like food, clothing, 
and a comfortable and clean home...
 but..these material needs tend to keep mothers like me sooooo busy, 
constantly running around town, or whizzing around the house and garden,  
(after all, the toilet paper roll doesn't just magically refill itself)

after all this hard work... the harder work follows... 
the nurturing of their emotional and psychological needs.

i want to have enough energy to sit and listen about the ordinariness 
or the special moments of their days.
i want to have time to talk and talk and talk some more... 
until what they really want to tell me comes out.
i want the clarity of heart and mind to be able to see through them...
especially when all the teenage angst overshadows their usual gentle souls.

to me these are these are the juiciest berries of life.
so i pop those cherries in my mouth... and enjoy them till i'm full.

because like a bowl of red, plump, juicy and fleshy cherries... 
that goes from being so full and inviting to being quickly devoured and 
leaving us with only the pits (if we don't forget to spit them out)

i know this beautiful, bountiful, delicious life of mine is fleeting....
and always moving towards the next season.


p.s.  i heard the peaches are on their way to the island !!!

No comments:

Post a Comment

thank you for your kind words... they really do make my day !!!