The word to inspire an essay from us bloggers on WordPress today is connected.
I could say that the most important thing that makes me feel connected is a tree.
Others may talk about family, memories of childhood, an automobile, or a pet.
My favorite connection is to the earth, and the route went through almond trees.
Sure- I have connections galore of cousins, aunts, children, grandchildren and memories of pets long past.
As it turns out, most of those connections are now tenuous at best, with the cousins far away, aunts long dead, children really busy, and grandchildren silent.
What was so memorable about almond trees?
For one, they were beautiful in the blooming, and great for munching the nuts, even green.
I had lived away from the chance to harvest my own almonds for a long time, but some years back I discovered a tree at a bus stop in a small Bay Area City.
I took the opportunity to gather about ten pounds of nuts that had fallen on the ground, and I figured were there for the taking.
The next time that I came across fresh nut meats was at a farmer’s roadside stand. When that became too expensive, I had to settle for a small bag of nuts at Trader Joe’s.
The one constant in my connection to earth and food is that bag of almonds in the cupboard.