Some afternoons I need to make a cup of tea, take a break from work and nibble on a sweet little snack.
My beloved mother made some delicious plum jam with fruit from the garden this sumer, and on cold fall days when I need a bit of hope and light I place myself in front of the kitchen window.
It’s the perfect place to hear ones heartbeat, warm my body on the tea and feel the sweet fruit of the summer fill my senses with a taste of happiness.
Food, wonderful homemade food has that effect on me.
Just hearing the tea-pot whistle and reaching for some dried raspberry leaves from the garden to put in my cup puts a smile on my face.
Getting a whiff of the the leaves soaking in my cup is a sweet little reminder to take the time to sit still and listen.
So I place myself by the window, treasuring the few hours of daylight one can squeeze out of this dark time of year and sip to my warm tea.
I love how taste and smell can instantly transport you.
The taste of my beloved mother’s plum jam bring back beautiful memories from this summer, their home, their garden and it makes me feel loved!
Isn’t that great, how just tasting something and feeling the associations that comes with that taste can make you feel?
My mother is what makes their house a home, the way she cooks with love, hugs with warmth, listens with intent and care, talks with empathy and interest and supports with no doubt in the world that you’ll reach anything you put your heart and mind to.
And yes, eating my little afternoon snack with her plum jam on it makes me feel all this love;)
So you see how important food is to our happiness!
Not always are all my food memories as peachy and beautiful as the one above, but most of them are, and if they’re not, I change them, tape over it with a new pleasant memory.
As I sit here by the window and listen to my heartbeat I feel hopeful about my shortcomings and I’m filled with an energy and drive to fulfill my dreams and never give up.
It’s wonderful how a bit of plum jam and a cup of tea can make the world look so much brighter;)