Public Service Announcement
In honor of blueberry season – we’ve been picking for three weeks and our big freezer is almost full – I am re-posting last year’s Public Service Announcement.
BLUEBERRY PICKING RULES
I went blueberry picking today. Late-season, late-in-the-afternoon is just the way I love it. The air is still, the rows of bushes straight and beckoning. Blueberry-picking is a serene activity.
I wish that everyone could experience blueberry-picking.
By ‘everyone’ – I don’t mean, like, ‘everyone’ everyone.
I’d like to suggest a few exclusions:
- If you are bound to be loudly disappointed because you remember when the blueberries were bigger, sweeter, firmer, juicier – please don’t come.
- If your children have an attention span under seven minutes and/or you are forced to yell “Stop That!” more than seven times a minute – please don’t come.
- If you have a story to tell that requires multiple uses of the phrases, “So then she goes…” and “So then I go…” – please don’t come.
- If you wish the bushes were closer to the parking lot – please don’t come.
- If your cell phone (let’s just call it your Blackberry, because I can’t resist) rings more than three times in a half-hour – please don’t come.
- If Rover has to participate – and has to poop – please don’t come.
- If you and your loved ones can’t keep track of each other, and you have to shout “Marco”/”Polo” on a regular schedule – please don’t come.
- If you feel the need to smuggle out blueberries in your purse to avoid the weigh-in – please don’t come
- If you shriek when a bee comes within 24 inches of you – please don’t come
- If the ambiance of blueberries compels you to grope your significant other’s private parts – please don’t come.
- If you can’t bear the thought of your kid eating something that has not yet been de-germed – please don’t come.
- If you need to sing more than one stanza of “I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill” – please don’t come.
- If, despite the 1,200 bushes available, you still want to pick from the one bush I have chosen – please don’t come.
Other than that -