... While our national celebration of Fathers Day occurs in June, I write this in August in remembrance of my one and only earthly Father. Especially since Fathers Day should be every day in the truest sense of love and memory. I was blessed with a wonderful father, and I am keenly aware as I write.. that is not the case for everyone......
Fresh Blackberries......The freshest are best acquired early morning since they ripen in the heat of Summer. The brier patch has an intoxicating aroma even as you approach from a distance. The containers you bring along may struggle to fill quickly due to the continuous sampling required to stay motivated.
My father, who had the softest hands ever from years of delicate fine furniture creation of upholstery, recovery and design.
His late in life accomplishments included food acquisition, specifically free, and the preparation for future enjoyment, as he gleaned, simmered, canned, and stored delicious berries, spread indulgently on morning toast. Never mind that his bronzed arms would be covered in so many scratches from insistent vines holding him hostage as he separated them from the blackberries.
I dedicate this day to my Father; You knew it was better for the soul to read a book then watch TV. You declared a media fast over your entire life with occasional glimpses through newsprint covering basics. Most importantly you invested time.. heart and energy into countless people you mentored around the globe. The role model to so many as you joined the journey and came alongside .... Through sickness and health, a living dedication of your love of Jesus Christ as your personal & Eternal Savior.
So today, fresh and wild black berries found alongside the Columbia River banks; You are remembered... as I walk.. reflect...inwardly and prayerfully picking berries. And the world that once you dwelt.... well it would not look so familiar... Yet...maybe?....
Toasting to your memory.. I'm eating the berries......Missing You......Your baby daughter....
Blackberries Benefits: Consumption of blackberries found to promote healthy tightening of tissue, creating natural spa qualities, a great non-surgical procedure making your skin appear younger. As you weave this beautiful berry into your daily routine, consumption helps with brain focus and alertness, while maintaining higher memory retention resulting in clearer brain thought and overall function. The high tannin in blackberries assists in reducing digestive inflammation, hemorrhoids and calms system from diarrhea. Be sure to change it up ...choosing variety, as a snack, in cereal or smoothie.