It starts with the flowers arriving after a long winter. Those little burst of yellow flowers are like little suns in the yard and pasture. Hope for warmth and summer. Then we get a basket and spend time picking the flowers. Only the ones that are fully open. Leave the rest for the bees and to re-seed. Time spent together talking, enjoying the sun and each other. Priceless.
Next, we go inside and prepare the flowers for the tea. We stand together with our scissors and snip the green off and put the petals in a glass jar. Talking again. Spending time together gives you the opportunity to answer questions and really get to know each other. Also, scissor skills for the left-handed children!
Finger stained with the blessings of spring! Next, the water goes in and the jar sits all day to be blessed by the sun. We watch that jar and talk about how yummy that jelly is going to be. All the work and patience that comes with it just adds to the flavor. The blessings from the Earth and the Sun and our time spent together are brewing all day in that glass on the porch. We add to the blessing every time we walk past and feel the joy of thinking about eating that jelly.
The next day, the petals are strained and the jelly is cooked and canned. Then we wait some more. Listening for the pop of the jar lids. Can’t disturb for 24 hours? Patience is learned. Anticipation for what is to come from our labors is learned. Appreciation for what it takes to have that sweet treat is learned. That is what makes our jars of dandelion jelly taste so wonderful. Life lessons in every jar. Time spent together working with nature and family.
In this picture next to the jelly are the soap balls Maria and I make together. Scrap soap ground up, a bit of water , essential oils, and whatever else we have around to make them special are mixed and molded into balls. Soap balls on the sink to wash our hands. Life lessons learned in every ball. Time spent together. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Looking at things from a different perspective. And pride. My children are proud every time someone uses something they have a hand in making. Convenience comes packaged in ready to use items. But what are you doing with the time saved? Life is about living. Are you living life or going through the paces?