Friday, February 20, 2009

Our Friday Snack and Meditation

 Little Brother of the Wilderness by Meridel Le Sueur is a children's book which tells the story of Johnny Appleseed.  Bossy Betty's Rx if you are having a Frantic Friday:  Go find yourself a beautiful apple, slice it up, (careful with that knife!) then sit back and read this passage very slowly while enjoying your calm, fat fruit.

But Johnny Appleseed was not lonely.  He walked back and forth across the country like a shuttler tending his apple trees.  He went into the wilderness, out of the wilderness.  He was in the snake and buffalo country, into the tall grass and the short grass country, through the forests, down the rivers.

With him walked the animals, and above him flew his friends, the birds, and deep down in the tall grass and the short grass, the tiny eyes of quails saw him.  Worms and snails moved out of the way of his toes.  All the crawling, creeping, singing things watched Johnny Appleseed going by, wearing the morning and the evening light, reading the sky, with a hoe instead of a gun.

They all said, "There goes Johnny Appleseed, going back for seed, or going West to plant them, with one pants' leg blue and the other one red, his cup, the palm of his hand."

OK.  Don't you feel better?  Do you need another apple?  Do you need to read the passage above again?

Now, my friends, it's time to go out there and tend your own apple trees, wherever or whatever they might be, in and out of the wilderness.  The world watches as you carry out your quiet, persistent work, and cheers you on silently, but fervently.  Enjoy your journey, leave a trail of kindness for others to follow, and recognize that all the small actions of your days matter in some way to somebody, either now or in the future. 

Thanks for reading.  Betty salutes you all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank you.