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!