Monday, July 29, 2013
Tomatoes and Habits
Yesterday morning, I went to the back yard and picked a ripe tomato. If it had been the afternoon, I’d have bitten into it right there in the sunshine. But I was fixing breakfast. I brought it into the house, put it down on the cutting board, and did what I’ve been doing with store tomatoes. I turned it over to look for the sticker.
Habits can be time wasters. But in this case, my habit helped me appreciate what I have – a home grown tomato.
It doesn’t have a sticker. It has not been grown to withstand machinery. I don’t care if it is easily bruised, or if it has a long shelf life. I pick it today and I eat it today. It tastes fresher and yummier than a store tomato.
I put it into a flower pot to take its photograph. I picked a pepper to put with it. I’d never noticed before that my peppers have little thorns in a ring around the top.
This is what “being in the now” is about – not some impossible spiritual practice. It’s enjoying my garden.