This past weekend, I was out mowing the lawn. Not so interesting? Perhaps. While wandering around the yard ... er, mowing ... I saw that we had some ripe strawberries. I have been paying closer attention because I found ripe blue berries a few days before. Anyway, I picked them and brought them in for Wendy and the girls. Then, a short time later, I noticed that the serviceberry bushes had some ripe for the picking. These ended up as a handful of sweet bliss for Wendy and the girls ... after I sampled one. Continuing on, I spied red raspberries. You guessed it, Wendy and the girls got a few more berries. I also took note that the Black Raspberries are not yet ready.
I must have returned home with a grin to rival the Cheshire Cat, because Wendy just stopped and smiled, saying, "I love your face." I can only guess she was seeing the glee and exuberance and not necessarily the pleasing physical features. Of course, we then packed up the girls and went to the strawberry fields to pick.
One of the lessons that I take from all of this is a re-enforcement of something our Nature Teacher has mentioned - we pattern on what we know. These simple words ring so true in so many more ways than just nature. I have noticed that I tend to find the same plants everywhere after I have "met" them - hazelnut, mugwort, serviceberry, sarsasparilla.
So, in honor of this abundance, and of my continued growth and learning, I declare this to be the Berry Moon. Enjoy all the sweetness the month has to give. Oh, don't forget to spread the sweetness, and share some berries, too.
NOTE: All of the photos, except the last, were taken in our little 1/4 acre farm.