What constitutes an ordinary adventure in our lives?
How do we discover the extraordinary hiding amidst the ordinary?
Is it possible to discover magic in our life when we least expect it?
Is it possible to feast upon tropical fruit growing along the shores of Lake Superior in late October?
We wait eagerly, quietly.
We anticipate that the next adventure awaits just around the corner.
We await the phone call, the email, the text message, the invitation.
Yes, my friends, we await the invitation.
Someone calls and shares something which is unique.
They invite us to see, to photograph, to pick, to eat.
How could we refuse?
Our heart beats faster and faster, imagining how the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and we’re witness to it.
My friend, Deb, grows miniature kiwi on trellises against her house up in the hills of Herman, way above those of us nesting against Lake Superior’s shores. (OK, she’s only a dozen miles away from that lapping lake.)
She asked if we might fancy some kiwis.
You’ve got to be kidding!
Kiwis are tropical plants. Who might imagine them growing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where snow dusts our October days?
Yet, apparently, grow they do.
On vines the tiny little fruit multiply.
(They taste better after frost arrives, believe it or not!)
When someone invites you to view the extraordinary, you abandon your daily chores immediately.
Even if you have other plans.
Even if you think you don’t want to go.
ALWAYS follow the trail of the extraordinary, my friends, when it’s disguised as the ordinary.
I’m here to attest: miniature kiwis are delicious! We’ve frozen three pint-sized bags. The rest of the fruits ripen on the counter.
They’re delicious in your cereals, atop grains, just popped in your mouth at a whim. The ripe ones melt in your awaiting mouth. Keep the unripe ones until their skin shivers and they’re soft to touch. You’ll know.
I never knew this until today. Thank goodness that life keeps providing adventures, day after day. (Adventures we might miss if we weren’t peering into the ordinary, attempting to see its latest gift.)
What extraordinary ordinary gift were you given lately?
P.S. Just decided–must have a kiwi smoothie tomorrow morning before work! My mouth is watering already.