Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Through the Thorns to the Berries

I made boysenberry jam a couple of days ago and posted a picture of the finished product on my FB page. It's fun sharing things that are going on out here on the farm. But after I put up the picture there were a lot of questions about the berries. They're like blackberries only bigger than wild blackberries and sweeter tasting. Very yummy berries. However, there is a price to pay for that yumminess. They have thorns. Nasty, if you want these berries you're going to have to earn them with blood, sweat and tears thorns. You see those little curls on the ends of the thorns. That's what hooks you and once you're stuck you don't know whether to move forward or backward to get unstuck. And the leaves have thorns all along them too. There have been times when I've been certain the briars reached for me.

Even so, I like them enough to pick them, but I did tell someone once when we had an over abundance of the berries, that I would not pick them for anyone I hadn't given birth to or who hadn't given birth to me. And the grandkids, of course. The grandkids have always been brave enough to pick those berries themselves - not to put in a bucket, but to put in their mouths. During berry season, they will stand around the bushes like little birds eating everything in easy reach.

But tonight while I was picking a few berries, I got to thinking about reaching past the thorns for the good berries and how - if you want to really stretch the thought - that can be like coming up with a new story idea. When I'm searching for a new story, I have to reach into my creative bushes in order to find the ripe berry of a new idea. Some ideas are not ready for picking yet. Some may be like berries that have dried up on the bush or perhaps blooms that never were pollinated to make berries. But there will be the perfect ripe berry in there somewhere if I can just reach it. That's where the thorns come in. 

The thorns are the worries that this time the idea won't come. This time the story won't work. Distractions can be thorns to keep me away from the right idea berry. After all, it's summer. Jam needs to be cooked. Blogs need to be written. Books need to be read. Grandkids need to visit. Mama needs somebody with her all the time. I don't know that any of those are actually thorns, but they do make it harder to get started on a new book. Perhaps the biggest thorn - the one with the nastiest hook on its end - is procrastination that has me putting off pulling up that first blank page and typing Chapter 1. Got to do that tomorrow 


"But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose." ~Anne Bronte

 Or berry. Or new book. Wish me a thornless berry/idea bush. :) Thanks for reading.

 

8 comments:

  1. I'd say-it's summer-relax,have fun, take a break-do the things you want to do or need to do. Boysenberry jam sounds good, love homemade jams.

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    1. Janie, I like the idea of relaxing this summer, but sometimes life doesn't like you take time off. A lot of need to dos this summer, but thanks for the good thoughts.

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  2. Sounds like a great title to a new book. Looking forward to reading it but take the time to enjoy the summer too. :)

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    1. It does sound like a book title, doesn't it? I'll have to keep that in mind. Hoping you enjoy the summer too.

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  3. Hi Ann, I remember many a blackberry hunting time when I was growing up in Ky. and Chiggers...
    Mom made the most wonderful Blackberry Jam cake that I have ever tasted, I have tried to duplicate it but never the same.
    You have such a wonderful way with words enjoyed your talk of berries and thorns.
    will be thinking of you finding just that "right one".
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Hi, Paula. Blackberry picking and chiggers seem to go together, but using bug repellant helps. People used to dab clorox or kerosene around their ankles before they went berry picking. The OFF works better.

      I don't think we can ever duplicate the recipes we remember our moms or grandmoms making. That's because we can't put in the love for us they baked into every bite.

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  4. Hi Ann, Reaching through the thorns to get the best berries reminded me of life in general....the best things don't come easy and we have to work hard sometimes to get where we're going! Kinda like thorns on roses, weeds in your garden..once you get past the thorns on a rose it is a thing of beauty and when the weeds are gone, the produce is plentiful. I pray for you a blessed summer with your family and fresh ideas to overflow for a new book....Looking forward to it..Linda P.S. Through the Thorns would be a good title for a book!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Linda. You're right that some good things don't come easy. But then some things are worth reaching through the thorns. Thanks also for praying for me to come up with fresh ideas. Got to do that and soon!

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