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Took a break from work to go out and pick some black raspberries. There was a thunderstorm this morning, but now the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. I've let raspberry canes grow wherever they come up, and there are some right along the side of the house, in the sun. So many are ripe, and warm. Picking them, with the sun on my back and a breeze blowing, and a train calling in the distance, I really think: it's okay to be mortal and to die if there are moments like this--sweet berries, breezes, leaves and ferns, sunlight and shadows, a train whistle.

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danceswithwaves
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:28 am (UTC)
Have you ever read Tuck Everlasting, because your post made me think of it. A bit because it made me think, maybe mortality is one of the reasons we appreciate things, because we know nothing is forever.
asakiyume
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
I haven't, but I've definitely heard of it.

That could be, about appreciating things. Although, sometimes when I'm completely lost in experiencing something, I *don't* have a sense of its not being forever. It's a taste of eternity--just *now* and nothing more, no before or after, no awareness of the moment, just the moment itself. .... This time wasn't like that, though; this time I was definitely aware of time.
danceswithwaves
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:37 am (UTC)
I think I was thinking a bit along the lines of, if you could experience that thing *all the time* then it would lose the unique-ness which makes it more special.

Also, I recommend Tuck Everlasting, I think you would like it. I read it in sixth grade and it changed how I think about immortality enough that it was my favorite book for quite a while.
asakiyume
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:39 am (UTC)
That's a high recommendation! I've liked other Natalie Babbitt--I'll put it on my to-read list.
khiemtran
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that moment! There are wild blackberries not far from where I work, but I don't dare pick them anymore - I know how often that area gets sprayed with herbicide.
asakiyume
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
That's a danger--I can promise there are no herbicides in my yard (getting you here to do some picking is more of a problem...)
shewhomust
Jul. 2nd, 2015 10:53 am (UTC)
Sun-warmed is the perfect way to eat raspberries: I don't know why people refrigerate them...
asakiyume
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
Me either! Refrigerating things dampens their flavor.
amaebi
Jul. 2nd, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
It has been so long since I've even seen black raspberries. They are magic.

Ooh, ineffable happiness! :)

Edited at 2015-07-02 12:05 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
:-)
heliopausa
Jul. 2nd, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
:) This is lovely to read!
asakiyume
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
very glad :-)
mnfaure
Jul. 3rd, 2015 07:44 am (UTC)
Thank you. This kind of moment-capture really centers me.
asakiyume
Jul. 4th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
((hugs))

I'm really glad.
yamamanama
Jul. 4th, 2015 01:45 am (UTC)
I think that if we were immortal, we'd only squander it. Dogs, though, should be immortal.
asakiyume
Jul. 4th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, dogs are wonderful beings.
pinkroo
Jul. 4th, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
lovely ;)
asakiyume
Jul. 5th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks <3
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