Posted by: scintillatingspeck | July 11, 2014

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California.

What I loved about this day:

  • We foraged blackberries and thimbleberries, their sweetness detonating softly in our mouths.
  • The Botanic Garden of native plants of California, in Tilden Park, filled us all with rapture.  It made me think of Lily’s comment while we were participating in various ranger-led programs at the Grand Canyon: “They should have a program on desert plants.  I want to know about the plants.  Especially the edible ones.”  And then at the beach in Monterey, she was so keen on collecting seaweed and laying it out in her “kelp museum” on the sand.  I love, love, love that my girl loves plants.
  • Lily’s face while riding the merry-go-round was priceless.  (At that point my camera battery had conked out; Marlowe got some hilarious, blurry shots of Lily going by, though.)
  • Marlowe’s kindness and generosity is so vast.  I was particularly vulnerable yesterday and today, and she was so good to me and Lily.  She was exceptionally patient when we were in the car and Lily kept hollering, “I’m thinking!  I don’t want any talking!”
  • The free samples of peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and dates at the Berkeley Farmers Market were delicious.
  • I received unexpected illumination, bright and true, and I feel immeasurably more peaceful than yesterday.

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  1. I concur; there is no better company to go through parklands with than Jen and Lily ❤

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