– Monday Muse –
Dear One, Ron and I were passing through Cadillac, heading south, when I mentioned getting coffee at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru. After that I added, “But there is a produce market just across the road from there. I could run in and get us a couple of apples instead?” Ron agreed, “That sounds better to me.”
A portion of Walraven’s was a roofed, open-air market. With our car parked in front of the open-air side most of the store’s produce was visible. As I stepped in, I remembered that the place had, for years, been one of mother’s favorite stops.
We often heard about Walraven’s, and the good produce she found there…which she relayed in detailed description. Just how much can one say about apples, pears, cherries…plums…oranges? Unless you heard it from Mother, you will never know. When it came to fruit my mother was a nut. I say that with respect and delight. For it was a delight to witness her pleasure with whatever she deemed to be…a great find…fruit or otherwise.
Between bins of fruits and vegetables, I thought of the many times my mother must have shopped there. I walked down most of the aisles, stood where she stood, and tried to see the produce with her eyes, but I really couldn’t. How often had she stood where I was now standing as she put more into her basket than she had intended?
As we drove on, down 115, we would pass very close to the nearly hidden country cemetery … where Dad and Mom had been laid to rest. Oh, how I wish I would have thought to fill a small basket with a few apples, pears, plums, and perhaps a perfect orange to leave at the graveside. If Mom…from heaven…was gazing, it would have made her smile.
I found in Psalm 92:14
“They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing.”
Fresh and flourishing…that was Mom, even at eighty-seven. The Psalm made me smile…for Mom was certainly fruitful… always sharing…always caring…so much so that she left behind a legacy of smiles.
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