It’s picking time again, so every afternoon the kids and I have been walking up the street to a wild raspberry patch we discovered a couple of years ago. The raspberries in this patch are small, but their flavor is intense. My son calls them nature’s candy.
They’re also popular with the local birds so each day there are only a few berries available to pick. But, even in this culture where “more” is perceived as “better”, my kids understand that part of what makes these berries special is their scarcity. Each day we eat only a few and we savor each one.
Summertime writing is a lot like raspberry picking for me. That’s because from the end of June until after Labor Day my kids will be on break from school. Time to write will be at a premium. Each day, like raspberries, I’m going to pick a few precious moments to write. Some mornings I’ll rise early and write on the porch before the kids get up. Other days, I may squeeze in a writing session at the pool or during tennis lessons. Some nights I’ll squeeze in a burst of writing time after the kids are in bed again. These times will be short, but they will be intense and I will savor each and every one.
Happy Summer writing, everyone!