Tuesday, June 24, 2008

summer joys

The cafeteria at my husband's place of employment (which happens to be a university) offers $5 lunches during the summer. This is also the time when the campus is largely empty, and seems like our own private retreat of good landscaping and splashable fountains. So the kids and I go and meet him for lunch, and enjoy the weather and the food and the (relative) silence.

"Cafeteria" might not conjure up the most appealing images, but this is a good cafeteria, with a policy of using locally grown food and run by a pretty good catering company. For instance, my first course today was a salad with greens, candied almonds, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, dried cranberries and raspberry vinegrette. Mmmm.

Going there is one of the luxuries of summer. So is seeing white roses, fruit-loop-colored verbena and many of the various tuber-flowers in full bloom.

I've even come to a new appreciation of those annoying fireworks flowers, upon discovering that even though they're generic and ugly from far away, up close the individual lavendar flowerets are elongated, lovely little blossoms.

Add to that the cool, insulated space of our new home (we've moved! we've moved! we're . . . sort of unpacked!), and I'm finding this to be a very pleasant season of the year. Thanks be to God!

peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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