I must confess that I’m not crazy about chocolate. I am a fresh berry addict. I endure the pepper steak with mango chutney at the Tree Room, just so I can order the most divine dessert in the gastronomic galaxy: sweet and juicy strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries floating in a sea of crème anglaise. Why would any sane person order the warm chocolate truffle cake with rocky road ice cream and almond caramel sauce? So when my adult daughter complained that her job was agonizingly dull, it wasn’t surprising that my nurturing muse inspired me while I nibbled on a fresh strawberry. I created a list of all my fresh strawberry moments during the previous 24 hours and e-mailed them to my daughter:
1. I had an unexpected fresh strawberry moment while watching Oprah on Earth Day. Oprah’s guests included Julia Roberts and Julia’s super green friend. Julia’s friend brought the large container she keeps in her kitchen filled with dirt and a battalion of worms, so that the worms can devour leftover food. Their poop creates great fertilizer for our gardens! When Earth Mother lifted the lid, the entire squirm of worms had oozed to the top and began crawling out of the container, invading Oprah’s pristine set. Oprah FREAKED out and Julia Roberts began laughing hysterically because her friend had no idea why her usually well-behaved worms were having a mutinous moment on national television. I’m not sure I made a connection with my inner Earth Mother, but I did enjoy laughing with Julia Roberts. It was definitely a fresh strawberry moment.
2. I had a fresh strawberry moment during the family prayer when my son shared something so sincere and sweet with his Heavenly Father that I wanted to weep for joy.
3. My voice lesson provided a fresh strawberry moment. As I sang the lyrics about my spirit flying back to a place of peace, I felt a poignant longing for my REAL home. I think my spirit was thinking, “YES! Let’s get out of here….this is NOT heaven. What are we doing in this telestial dump anyway?”
4. I felt joy during my LIVING WATER lesson for activity day. I got the idea when a sealer taught that “everything in the temple is symbolic. Even the fountains in front of the temple are symbolic.” My eleven-year-old primary class sat on a bench near the temple fountain and the girls amazed me with their ability to think metaphorically as we pondered the possibilities. We felt peace flowing through us like liquid light. The girls begged to stay longer on the temple grounds. It was better than the most divine dessert in the gastronomic galaxy.
The rest of my 24 hours may have been monotonous, but it didn’t matter. I feasted on my fresh strawberry moments and I felt happy. Fresh strawberry moments offer serenity and help me embrace the soggy oatmeal rhythm of life…
What are your sources of fresh strawberry moments? Or even warm chocolate truffle cake moments?