After going out twice last week on leisurely blueberry picking hikes, I set out today for a major blueberry haul. Picking blueberries is one of the things I truly look forward to during our Maine summers, and I had Major Intentions: Enough to have over my cereal in the morning for the next week, enough to make a hearty batch of blueberry muffins, and plenty plenty plenty leftover to freeze and last well into the fall. As I walked up the path, I started noticing that most of the blueberries had peaked and gone by. I knew it was getting late in the season, but I hadn’t realized our recent heat had pushed the berries over the edge. I was so frustrated and disappointed; I was too late and would have no blueberries for all of my Intentions, my Good Intentions.
As I started down the hill, I took the alternate path. Doing so, I found something extraordinarily delightful: blackberries! Our recent heat pushed THESE berries over the edge into ripeness! This turn of events got me musing about life’s metaphoric lessons: how sometimes an unexpected let down can gracefully merge into an unexpected bonus! And as if to reaffirm my musings, would you believe I found a four-leaf clover as I neared my car? Another wonderful day in Maine.