Monday, May 10, 2010
Savouries of Life, Repetition on a Theme
When I was a child I remember how rare candy was at my house. It was rare because of cost, not so much the enforcement toward healthy eating, but I am sure that was part of it. I can remember squirreling away my Halloween candy (admittedly a large bag of it) in my dresser drawer and stingily eating little pieces of it all winter and into the spring until Easter candy took its place. I can remember the rare bag of M and Ms being parceled out piece by piece to all three (long before the birth of my two younger siblilngs) of us kids making sure we all had the exact same number of pieces.
New clothes were also a big deal. I remember one Christmas getting a pink sweater with golden new-moon shaped beads around the neck that I wore and wore until the moons were tarnished, it had become tight under my arms, and it had developed too many holes to wear anymore.
We never had any magazines at our house and I remember devouring them in the reception area of the doctor's office, always hoping that we had to wait a long time before the nurse called us into the examination room.
There were no distractions of children's television, video games, computer activities or phone texts. I could savour the lilacs blooming each spring in the back yard right after breakfast and I did. A good book and my imagination took me on wonderful journeys more detailed than any Avatar movie whose scenes were designed through another's vision. A trip to the city was an exciting adventure, even though we didn't do anything more fun there than shop in a few stores. It was the change of scene and sound that I savored.
If you are allowed every distraction, adventure and luxury as a child, do you ever really savour it. It will be there tomorrow or next season surely once again, why bother to savour it? Do your learn the technique of savouring something or does your life consist of hurrying on to the next best thing? Must the skill of savoring be learned? Does a chocolate cupcake crammed into one's mouth or with just the frosting eaten first taste as good as that one that you eat ever so slowly and think about each bite as it coats your taste buds knowing that it will be a long time before you get to savor another?