By: Olive Greene
Book: MAPLE MAYHEM
Author: Jessie Crockett
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries
It seems like everywhere I go lately there are people talking about living in the moment and being present. I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean exactly. I've been present for my whole life and have managed to do it without running around God's Green Earth with a cell phone stuck in my hand so I can send text messages zipping through the air every three seconds.
My advice to the stressed out and unhappy young people out there is to leave the phones at home, grab your loved ones and use this most blessed time of the year to go pick some fruit. Nothing makes you feel as alive as biting into a peach still hot from the sun hitting the tree you just plucked it from.
Maybe make a day of it and take along a picnic basket full of sandwiches and cake, pickles and cheese and a jug of iced tea. Spread out a blanket at the end of a row of fruit spangled trees and breath in the sweet scents. While you're at it, go all in. Since the family is together why not pick enough fruit to make jam or jelly. Nothing warms the cold winter days that are surely on the way like a sparkling jar of peach jam. It might not be in the moment to plan ahead for winter. It certainly won't be living in the present to be enjoying the memory of a fine day spent picking fruit. But to my way of thinking, the pleasure of the company of loved ones and the joy of a job well done more than makes up for it.
Readers, do you have any fond memories of picking fruit with friends and family? Do you have a favorite jam or preserve recipe? Olive and I would both love to hear about them!
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