With the onset of spring, I've been taking more walks outside. It's my one hour of true 'me time' during the day where I put on headphones and listen to a podcast or just daydream. On one of my walks last week, I listened to this podcast, and it filled my soul that day. Here is a poem for you, from that episode.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
On Saturday, the Bellingham Farmer's Market had it's opening day of the season. We've missed the Farmer's Market this winter, so we braved the cool temperatures and blustery wind to celebrate spring, and we were rewarded with tiny ponies and bunnies for Theo to pet and a tractor to play on. Theo could have stayed all day. Here in Washington, our growing season starts late. But, it's so nice to see the appearance of at least a few spring vegetables on the list this week. I am ready for all the asparagus and fennel, and soon I'll be adding nettles and rhubarb and baby radishes and all the other spring delicacies.
roasted cremini mushrooms
two bunches of kale, washed and cut
roasted peppers, red and poblano
roasted asparagus with lemon
fennel, thinly sliced and stored in water
cooked black rice (also called forbidden rice)
egg salad (super simple, with good mayo a little squeeze of lemon juice and fresh parsley)
dukkah (here's a primer. pick your favorite.)
Whole Grain Carrot Apple Muffins (recipe here)
oatmeal, cooked with currants (making a big batch at the beginning of the week is a huge time saver)
Homemade almond milk (recipe here)
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