This afternoon I "had to" run an errand to my stomping grounds of yesteryear. It turned out to be a surprise gift, to drive home on the narrow roads winding through foothills where the sweetness of oak trees filled the warm air. Dark grapes were hanging close to the ground in the vineyards, soaking up the last of the sweetening rays. And wild fennel way higher than my head lined the roadsides.
All these scents and more combined over the half hour's drive in ever-changing proportions to create a soul's real comfort food. I had only recently been grieving the loss of a nice garden, breadmaking, my wits, and several other things I couldn't even put my finger on. Today it was as if God through the instrument of Summer put His arms around me and said, "It's o.k., Honey, the best parts of your Life That is Past remain, and will be here for you in the future." And Summer was telling me that she is going to sit a spell yet and likely give me a few more hugs.