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Timing is everything; time is relative.

DSC_2298It was the kind of morning when you discover the coffee pot has run dry, the baby is running around carrying his diaper, and there’s a small chicken standing in the middle of the mudroom chirping staring up at you inquisitively from atop a pile of laundry. Too much to do and not enough time.

I have bread to bake, I remind myself. For an event, for the office, for the house. What an impossible task it seems when fitted into the scenario above. And yet, while changing the baby, I consider the process.

There’s the kneading. A relaxing chore I delegate to the mixer. The mixture and greasing of bowls in preparation for the dough. A quick and simple task. Then the rising of the dough, representing the steady consumption of sugars, the process takes about an hour and frees my hands entirely. Next, I form loaves, roll the dough with cinnamon, butter, and sugar and deposit the loaves into their greased pans. Another hour dedicated to the slow unwind of yeast-induced progress. Then bake for 40 minutes. The house warms slightly and the sweet scent of cinnamon soothes and stirs the air.

The whole thing takes about three hours, with only a few minutes dedicated to each step. A daunting task reduced to it’s most simple stages. I return my thoughts to the freshly diapered child before me and consider that life is a little bit like bread-making. One simple task at a time until the laundry has been folded and put away, the baby is bathed and in bed, and the bread, warm still, is tasted. The effort pays off in the end, and sweetly so.


The universe in a weed

If ever you’ve gazed upon a fully ripe dandelion; ready for the next big gust of wind or the aid of a small child eager to watch seeds carried into the sea of air around them; then you may have noticed the tail of each seed resembles a star and that when clustered together (much like this major run-on sentence), it resembles a tiny universe.  

The biggest lesson I’ve received from observing the natural world, is that everything mimics a larger system.  The smallest atoms with electrons revolving around an nucleus mimic the planets in orbit around the sun.  The laws of succession which produce nutrient-rich top-soil are mirrored by the same process over time in our universe with dead stars giving birth to matter which later forms new stars and new planets.  There’s always some reflection of ourselves or our garden or in the largest of imaginable places that resembles the smaller, that takes on the characteristics of another system within a system within yet another system.  The further out we head from tiny atoms to the great expanse of our own universe, we begin to see how each thing is connected and most importantly, it reminds us that we are a part of everything.