Yesterday, while on a walk, Emet and Anna Ruth wanted to stop by the "Snake Tree" to search for snakes. While they did so, I walked over to a blackberry bush and found, to my delight, a juicy ripe berry just waiting to be picked! How odd, to be picking a blackberry in October, I thought.
It was a glorious Summer day, and all of us were thoroughly enjoying the day. The boys were, if not great contributors to the winter stores, were certainly filling their bellies full in between runs to their secret fortress down by the creek.
Gracie varied between being in the Ergo carrier on my back, and napping in her room. Sissy mostly stuck by our side, also filling her belly and decorating her face.
It struck me, at one point how blessed we were to be filling up buckets of berries for free from our own yard. People actually pay for blackberries, and here we had a treasure trove at our disposal.
The longer we picked, the more I recognized the principal of "the Grass is Greener", for just out of reach were the largest, juiciest looking berries of the whole field. Always just out of reach!
At one point, I heard a shriek of panic. I looked down at my side to see Anna Ruth, having continued to move towards the blackberry patch just out of reach, was surrounded by snarly blackberry vines and was seemingly trapped in this new jail of her own making. "Mama!! Help me! I'm stuck!" she cried out, tears streaming down her little cheeks.
Within the moment of a glance, I perceived that she was not trapped at all. Rather, though big, thorny branches surrounded her front and sides, the path behind her was free and clear. The only action she would have to take to escape would be to walk backwards.