I carried one boy on my back as I tried to convince the other one to put as many blueberries in our bucket as he was putting into his mouth. The sun shone bright overhead and warmed our shoulders as we bent towards the bushes. Cameron fussed from behind me, pulling small twigs and leaves from the bushes when he was close enough. I wrestled them from his hands, blindly, relying on my three year old to make sure nothing had gotten into his mouth. When he asked if he could give his brother a blueberry, I said “Sure, as long as you bite it in half first.” I watched him choose just the right berry and then pop it into his own mouth. I bit a berry in half myself and peeled as much of the skin off with my teeth as I could. “Hey, look at this little tiny one I found! Aww, it’s so cute.” I reached back and put the peeled berry in Cameron’s open mouth as Casey gently put the tiny berry in our bucket.
We had started out picking Currants, finding vines dripping with the delicate, translucent balls. Even though they are incredibly tart, Casey kept putting the few he picked into his mouth. With Cameron fussing from the stroller (which we ditched soon after) and lacking the concentration needed to collect the small berries, not to mention the sour reward for our efforts, we quickly returned to the farm store to exchange our small bags for a bucket and were pointed in the direction of the blueberry patch.
This was my first time picking blueberries. I think I am in love. The color palette alone was enough to make me drool- the frosted blue and lavender berries, the brilliant green leaves, standing in sark contrast to the bright yellow hay piled around their bases. It made me want to come home and paint our house; to rip up the bushes in our backyard and replace them with blueberry bushes. I had daydreams of a blueberry and lavender farm and I imagined the beauty and abundance of our crops for years to come.
The afternoon felt lazy. We gorged on blueberry banana muffins while blueberry currant jam cooled in jars on the counter. There’s still a pan of blueberries in the refrigerator waiting to be mixed into pancake batter, added to tomorrow mornings cereal, and eaten by the handful. Still, we can’t wait to go pick more.