It’s been a hard summer, I won’t deny it.
A generous, wet spring raised my hopes, but since then it’s been dry, and then hot, and then even hotter, and my garden, my soil, my spirit grew harder, less forgiving, looking inward to dwindling reserves of patience, of hope, of water.
But a good soaking rain this week has revived me a little. We go out, and for the first time in a long time, I treat myself to an ice cream cone. Not just any cone, but my favorite ice cream, in my favorite cone, from my favorite ice cream store… raspberry chocolate chip, in a handmade chocolate-dipped cone, from Sebastian Joe’s.
That particular combination of ice cream and cone has been my friend for almost 20 years now, and it was great to renew our friendship – the perfect sweet tang of raspberries at their peak, a sprinkling (not too much) of dark chocolate, licked from a cone, melting directly over my taste buds on a warm, sunny, summer day…
I forget whatever else was on my list to do, lose all my ambition and am happy again, and that’s all that matters.
p.s. I found the recipe online – next year I will make it myself with our own raspberries.
Update: That night it rained again – more hope, and no mowing for another day – so more happiness, too :-).