The story of the fox bad-mouthing the sour grapes is a classic tale of how the mind works to justify our thoughts and actions. But what if we turned those sour grapes into grape jelly. Oh my! That is a treat.
You have never had a PB&J like this. The most tedious part is plucking all of the grapes off of their vines. It took four of us 3 hours. While we plucked we sat in a circle and talked. We each said something that we were grateful for in this past year.
I once attended a workshop at the AERO conference in Seattle, Washington called the Tabouli Dialogues. What we did at the workshop was prepare tabouli and share stories and experiences. People opened up and were very honest with each other in this space. When we were done we all sat down and ate together. An event that nourished the body and soul.
We live in such a fast-paced world and even when we sit down together, many times we are on our phone, distracted by what we need to do next, or by what we want to say. We don't slow down enough to be fully present in our own lives, let alone the lives of others.
Our sour grape vines were a beautiful gift this year. Bringing the opportunity to share and connect as a community while making the most delicious jelly a person has ever tasted. So bring on the sour grapes. But not next year, because these vines only produce fruit every other year. So next year, I guess it will just have to be dolmades. Yum!