Friday, May 23, 2008

Strawberry Fields

My friend Kristi invited Lydia and I to go strawberry picking with them this morning. We had a great time scouting for anything bright red and even found our way into the "pick your own" flower garden. (Wasn't planning on getting any, but Lydia had a different agenda.)

The kids had a great time, but as we left I was feeling a little bummed. As most moms know, location playdates are for kids. There isn't a lot of playtime for the mommys. After dealing with a few temper tantrums and runway kids, Kristi and I got about 2 minutes of talking in.

I was brooding over this unfortunate fact of motherhood on the drive home. Then I bit into one of our newly picked strawberries.

It was like I was transported back in time to 5 years ago when Shane and I first moved to the South. May of 2003. We lived in an adorable little mountain house in North Carolina with a screened-in porch overlooking the loveliest view. I used to drive down to the local farmers stand and wait for the strawberry truck to arrive from the fields, the berries still warm from the sun. I would take them home and Shane and I would sit for hours on our porch, watching the lightning bugs dance across the acres before us, savoring each delectable bite of springtime.

I stopped feeling sorry for myself, opened the window and let the honeysuckle scented air wash over me. I have a feeling it will be a good day.

I think I will save the rest of the
strawberries for Shane.


kristi lee said...

We had fun too! That's just how playdates go with 2 year olds. . .it's all about them!!! At least I know it does get better as they get older and start to entertain themselves (without temper tantrums!!).

Hannah Ashmore said...

Those strawberries look amazing. Where is this place?

Natalie Jane said...

It is called Crabtree Farms and it is about half way to downtown. They have the prettiest bouquets of fresh cut flowers for like $5.

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