Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Salami Day and a Taste of Licorice

As I sit here, combining mulling over the day, finishing my seminary lesson and blogging all at the same time (and they say multitasking isn't all that productive-feh!), I am sipping a new herbal tea that is licorice flavored. I am one of those fairly rare individuals that seek out black jelly beans, chew whole anise seeds, and really enjoy old-fashioned black licorice candies when I can find them. For me then, this tea is a wonderful night-time treat. Just a little something slightly sweet and flavorful to help me with my constant food cravings-and actually delicious in the bargain. Some herb teas just don't taste like anything to me, but I like the idea of a light, soothing, low-calorie something to use as a ritual at the end of the day, and I've reached for those teas, both bland and not, for a lot of years. This one is a keeper. Mmm.

Before this nice moment happened, however, there was the sort of day which was made for a cup of tea-a day that needs this kind of slow moment to fix all the memories in the mind. To the uninformed observer, it was just a regular spring day-unpromisingly rainy in the morning, beautifully sunny and breezy in the afternoon. I was busy with all my usual routine-all good, nothing stressful-so it was destined to be a pretty good day no matter what. But there in the middle, just as the clouds were giving way to the sun, and burnishing a pretty good day to one with a sweet rosy glow around it, there were the 2 lovely hours I spent with my friend doing nothing fancier than eating yummy salami sandwiches, laughing, looking at pictures and just well, the only word I can think of is, delighting in each other. We talked about everything except all of the many business-y, administrative-y, thingstodolist-y stuff that we could have talked about. Instead it was books and family and food and memories and the remembered touch of a new baby's skin. I feel refreshed, loved, happy, lucky, ageless, blessed and about a hundred other magical things. Who knew that salami could do all that, eh? So much of what happens in my life and every other woman's life is giving-giving-giving. Its what we're made for and I'm not complaining, but I was feeling a little empty. I reached out to my pal and bless her, she welcomed me to her cozy home for a favorite treat and made a space where we could just be for a little while and then end up enriched rather than spent.

By the way, that salami is on sale at Weis right now. Do you need a Salami Day?

9 comments:

  1. I would love a Salami day. I love moments like these, and once again Kelly, your beautiful writing put it perfectly. I could almost feel your calm, just reading it.

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  2. I love "salami" days. Awesome! I am a black licorice fan too, but I'm afraid of that tea . . . I'll stick to fruity.

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  3. Your post made me cry. You always know how to put things in the most beautiful way. I love that you find a way to appreciate whatever it is your friends have to offer :)

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  4. Ditto to Corinne's comment, only I didn't cry - but I thought about it. Oh, I want a "Salami day!" I love reading your blog and enjoying the world through your eyes. Your journey to CA was spectacular. What great kids you have!

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  5. I have a theory about kindred spirits and black licorice. I love it too. Have you ever tried salt licorice, swedish style? very intense. I like what you say about giving, only at first I thought you were saying that the giving-giving-giving goes in a cycle. we give out and other women give back again, just when we need it.

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  6. i could use a salami day - but i don't think weis has the friends to go with it....

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  7. Yes, salami all the way! I'm babysitting four kids today and I am feeling a bit tanked out:) I love black licorice too! Those Panda bars are great.

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  8. I, too, could use a Salami day! Especially if you want to come over some time and we could have it together! :) That would be wonderful! Thanks for sharing this post!

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  9. I love the way you write, Kellie. And I love licorice tea, too. :)

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