I remember a beautiful day back in the summer of my childhood. I was probably around ten years old that summer. We lived in the back country roads of Ohio. This particular day was a gorgeous, beautiful day. We had gone to a farm and gotten a ton of fresh strawberries. My mom was cleaning them in the kitchen of the big farmhouse that we lived in.
All I remember is mom getting in the car handing me a fresh bowl of strawberries to hold. They had been cleaned, cut and had a little sugar on top. We drove down the road and I was holding the very fresh, ripe, red strawberries. I was the only one around at that time I have no idea where all the kids were. They were probably all with Dad at the little country church Dad pastored down the road or a hometown baseball game in town. It was just mom and me. We drove down the country road in Ohio the grassy fields were waving in the wind the beautiful sun was shining so beautiful that day, I remember so vividly.
My mom pulled into our neighbors house. I said, “Mom, what are you doing?” My mom quietly got out of the car and said “I am going to give these to our neighbor”. She ran up to the doorstep. The older lady came to the door and they talked then mom came back to the car with the strawberries. She handed the bowl back to me. I still remember the old country white ceramic bowl with the French blue country heart in the bottom. My mom normally had displayed in a hutch in the old farmhouse. She said that the older lady had allergies and was so grateful but she couldn’t eat them. I said, “Mom can I eat them!” She said, “Sure”. So as we drove along those back country roads I ate and ate those fresh strawberries until they were gone. They were the best strawberries I had ever had. They were the fruit of my moms gracious, simple, kind act of love to our widowed neighbor on that gorgeous summer day.
I don’t think anyone ever knew about that simple gesture my mom did that day. But I never forgot it. Thank you Mom for living life with me and loving not with just words but with good deeds. And I just LOVED those fresh strawberries.