Let’s face it, celery is an unappreciated vegetable. A little goes a long way for me. Still, I grow several plants in containers on the deck where it’s convenient to harvest, but mostly to discourage slugs.
This year’s celery crop was a culinary failure though. The flavor was so strong and bitter, I didn’t dare chance even a soup with it. But instead of cutting it down in favor of say, spinach, I let it grow into its natural form. At that point, I pretty much ignored it.
Then, on a misty morning, when I was busy prepping for the night’s dinner cruise, I looked out the kitchen window and saw hundreds of celery flowers, heavy with dew and shimmering like stars. They looked like gems, yet in the moment, they were more precious than diamonds.
I set the paring knife down, grabbed my camera gear, (shutting out the lazy thought, “Oh, I’ll shoot it tomorrow”) and headed outside.
Returning to my kitchen chores, I thought about something a fellow photographer shared with me this summer; something he learned during a photo workshop. In essence: “If, when you go out to take pictures, you have narrow expectations or you’re restless in the head, then you’ll miss the gifts that the Universe is sending you.”
I think this is so true in anything we attempt in life.
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