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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Strawberry Preserves Forever

My friend Diana is right. If you feel like you are getting stuck with the plain grape jelly in life, when you really want those special strawberry preserves, just ask for them!

I have also discovered that sometimes I don't have to ask for strawberry preserves, because they are already right there in front of me.

Those big life changing events and milestones are great, but I have come to understand that the strawberry preserves in life are often those little every day things like coffee with a old friend or a good book on a rainy day.

There are also other times when the strawberry preserves are in plain sight--but I just can't see them because they appear to be plain grape jelly.

I remember when my husband announced a job transfer to Oklahoma City, and I snarled "What could possibly be there for me?"

As it turned out, Oklahoma City was a wonderful place to live, and when we had to move, I didn't want to go. That grape jelly turned out to be wonderful strawberry preserves.

So strawberry preserves are always there for the taking. Sometimes we do have to ask for them, and sometimes they just need to be recognized and savored. Occasionally they come in a fancy crystal bowl, but more often they are just sitting there on the edge of an every day plate looking like a big pile of plain grape jelly!



Regan Black said...

Yummy analogy. Thanks for the reminder that attitude and outlook really matter!


Mary Cunningham said...

I agree, Regan. Super analogy, Melinda. We never know where life will take us, so why not make the best out of it.

Eileen Williams said...

I just got a great big serving of Strawberry Preserves in a crystal bowl! (Or was it a dog bowl?)

It came in the form of a book with a bright red cover, festively festooned with paw prints. WOOF is filled with wit and wisdom and will surely be a howling success. Congratulations to the trio of woofing writers who turn menopaws into a time for celebrating 'til the dogs come home!

Mary Cunningham said...

WOOFers love happy readers!

So glad you're enjoying and appreciating our WOOFing wit, Eileen!!

Fairy Lady said...

I love your post. You are so right. There are so many bowls of strawberry preserves that are there for the taking. Too many people get stuck in the sticky grape jelly ruts in life.

Diana Black said...

Thanks, Mad Dog, er, Melinda, for dishing up an extra helping of life's lessons. It is sooo true, everything you wrote.

Another view, making perserves out of jelly?!?!?

And love all the other comments, too!

Eileen, so glad you're enjoying WOOF!


Beverly Mahone said...

Great analogy! Personally, I like the orange marmalade because sometimes you have to peel away at the outer layer in order to get to the real "juice" inside.

Mary Cunningham said...

Another great WOOFer analogy!

Thanks, Beverly.