A couple months ago, I wrote a post about Berry Cobbler. We were on the cusp of summer, school was out, and our garden was just beginning to blossom. Then I turned around and the next thing I knew, it was September. September? It's practically fall, the kids are back in school, and our garden is putting out the last of its late-season tomatoes. And - as those of you following along may have noticed - I have posted not a single recipe. Not. Even. One. How did this happen?
I'm still cooking and baking. Still taking (a few) pictures. As the summer slipped away, I mentally composed dozens of posts, even started and stopped a handful, but I just could not seem to follow through. It's a long story, one that involves jobs lost and found, kids troubled and recovered, relationships torn and... well, if not yet made whole, let's say on the mend. Those last two have been the toughest. On an intellectual plane, I rationalized that things weren't that bad. I mean, comparatively, things could have been a lot worse. We were surviving. But all that rationalizing wasn't making me feel any better. Because I didn't want to just survive. I wanted to thrive.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Maybe it should be. But lately, I've been so busy surviving all the little and big challenges of life, I've sort of lost sight of the simple joys of life. Most people probably haven't noticed a difference in me, but I've noticed. When the hell did I become so serious? Honestly, I just don't know.