Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Whole Person


BBBH made this snapshot with her smartphone.  The setting is the tabletop in the sunroom.  Quite ordinary, is it not?

At first blush, so it would seem.  Yet it is representative of much of life as we live it. I asked her to send a copy to me so that I could use it here.  Thanks, Baby.

The focal point would be the tomatoes, the end of the crop.  The display represents the work involved in turning the soil, setting the plants, nurturing and watering them throughout the long days of summer.  The yellow, red, and green, show stages in development, and variety in cultivars.  The yellow and the red are reminders of the juicy enjoyment from July to October, and the green suggests that the plants were willing to continue production, but time ran out.  As it shall for us all.

The items in the foreground, the newspaper, the tv control, are reminders that we are not in this alone.  There is a big world surrounding us, and while we may be the center of our own little world, we are by no means the focus of the universe.  Will we leave a mark when we are gone?

The gameboard in the background reminds us that leisure time does not have to be wasted time.  Keeping the old minds sharp!  Yes, there is a score sheet, though just out of the picture, top right.  This a reminder that even in our world of cooperation and amity there is still a competitive nature within us.  A reminder, too, that as much as I wish it otherwise my score is not always the higher.

Nourishment for the body and for the mind.

The last of the Uncle Jeptha Tales
appeared here on September 25.    
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Vee said...

So true! Like the tomatoes, we should produce until time runs out.

Grace said...

I just love this!!! I've read it twice and plan to read it again. It is so wonderful - makes me smile and bounce in my seat. You covered everything in the loveliest way...Covered all the bases and hit a homer.

vanilla said...

Vee, we should be good stewards whether of goods or talents. While we believe we should "see it through" to the end, we do encounter obstacles in the way. All the more the reason to be determined!

Grace, that you receive this gleefully delights me. Happiness in VA and in IN.

Lin said...


I love the photo. The analysis. and the thought process to pull it all together and make sense of it all.


You is smart, my friend. And very talented--even if you don't win at Scrabble.

vanilla said...

Lin, thank you for the kind words.

And I don't always lose at Scrabble. ;-)

Sharkbytes said...

That is a nice composition and it does say a lot about you.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, thank you. Sometimes one reveals stuff.