Every mom has certain “firsts” that they look forward to. Of course, there are the obvious: first smile, first step, first word… but I think there are also firsts that may only be special to us and no one else. For me, living on a cherry farm, one of those firsts that I looked forward to was the day that I would get to pick and share a bowl of cherries with my girl.
July 1st is the big official opening day for Pick Your Own Cherries around here, so yesterday, before things got busy, I took advantage of the ripe cherries. We picked, washed and pitted a few and then headed outside with a blanket, some wipes and a baby stripped down to nothin’ but her gitches. I put her in a disposable so we wouldn’t have to worry about getting any stains on her diaper covers and away we went. The only thing I forgot was to get myself into nothing but a diaper – sure, she escape the stains, but I didn’t.
I set her down and let her start exploring the wonderful world of sweet cherries.
Within 2.3 seconds, the scene looked like. Who needs a hat? Forget the bowl! This is serious business.
She played around with them, squashing them between her fingers for a few minutes, until finally, she ventured to taking a bite.
That bite was quickly followed by an, “Mmm” as she reached down and tried to grab
the rest of the pile another cherry.
I’m pretty sure more of the cherries ended up between her fingers and dripping down her chin than in her tummy, but who cares? We had fun.
If she thinks this is good, just wait until next week when she gets to try her Momma’s homemade chocolate cherry chip ice cream.
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! And Happy Independence Day to those of you south of the border. Enjoy your holiday weekend!