I was having one of my favourite meals. Hot toasted bread with Avocado slices! When I had cut the fruit in half, I stopped to admire the delicate colour, pale, rich buttery yellow, running into the most delightful shade of green against the skin. The deep brown of the seed, covered in a delicate, furry cream membrane, all blended together to delight the senses. Truly the fruit of the Gods, I thought. The abundance of this rich energy food at winter time is a wonderful reminder of nature’s hints as to what our bodies need to be sustained in cold weather. Cold weather and salads do not go together!
Driving home at night, the sun had gone to sleep with no comforting rays to welcome you home after a long day at work. At 5pm everyone drives with their headlights on, hoping to find a warm welcome at home and a warm plate of food. As you come in the front door, the typical noise of a busy home welcomes you, and then there is the aroma of hot soup to meet your hunger! How privileged we are if this is the culmination of a working day. Many people go home to an empty space, cold, dark, quiet. They switch on the radio or TV, just for some noise and company, pick up the phone and order pizza. This is if they are even this fortunate to afford take-away. For others, going home is a difficult time. Little or no food, or warmth with many mouths needing to be fed. Often when I am driving home, a single part of a moving exodus of working people, each one turning off at their own exit, going into their own gate, ending in their own home, or flat, or room, I marvel at the ebb and flow of earthlife. ack and forth the human chain goes, work, home, for many years, and then suddenly, one day, it can change, just like that. What felt so permanent, is very transient. Like the seasons, change is all about us. Within each phase entered, lies the potential of finding a beautiful fruit of that season! To be able and stop and know the change, see the fruit, smell it and enjoy it, that is our blessing as humans. We can ponder and think, if we want to!