the living present

A Vase of Flowers, Margareta Haverman, 1716.

September must be high up on the list of "Craziest Months for Moms." Between new school clothes, school materials, packing lunches, PTA dues, and meeting teachers, a mom hardly has time to sit down. And even beyond that, its harvest season. September has to be the best month for eating in North America, because every garden finally has its zucchini, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, pears, peaches, and apples ripe and ready. I have been eating fresh cherry tomatoes with every salad at lunch, and pears wherever I can find a reason for them, and peaches every breakfast. I have been canning massive amounts of fruit, making pear butter and apple sauce and tomato marinara.
The month of September gives me the same sense of urgency as a Dutch still life. It is all perfectly full, nearly overripe, act now! The senses are so full, it is all so delicious, but it will fade!
"Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
   Let the dead Past bury its dead! 
Act,— act in the living Present! 
   Heart within, and God o’erhead!"

Your children are growing, the garden is fading, capture it, keep it, enjoy it, live it!

....and thank goodness tomorrow starts October. 

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