Five Senses: June 20-25, 2010
Taking a page out of my girl Cerella‘s book, I’m collecting my thoughts from this week and filtering them through the senses. It’s such a unique way to capture a single week of life. Thanks, C!
A single young dove keeping watch on my balcony, and an unhatched egg in the nearby nest. There are always two baby dove born at one time. For two years I’ve been watching pair after pair grow and leave the nest. But this time there is only one who will venture out. I wonder if he feels the absence?
The distinctive ::ping:: of metal bats while watching the College World Series. I love baseball with a passion that easily rivals my love of movies and television, and college ball is by far the most enjoyable. The players play for love of the game, with heart and joy that is sometimes lost at a big league level. The CWS brings the best of the best together, and the joy for fans isn’t always about who wins but about seeing great baseball every day. Now, that’s not to say I don’t have a favorite this year. So let me just say, Go Tigers!
The tangy sweet (thanks for the phrase, Cerella!) aroma of balsamic vinegar sprinkled on fresh bruschetta — half of my lunch from the Italian restaurant on the first floor of our downtown office building. I begin to smell the beginnings of the lunch menu around ten each morning, but I force myself not to partake often so that each dining experience is delectable. And Mama Emilia’s bruschetta is delectable. Thick, handmade bread topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, sprinkled with the vinegar and topped with shredded parmesan and a few sprigs of fresh basil. Even though the bread begins to get a little mushy from the liquids, letting the bruschetta sit for a short time allows the flavors to meld together, and each bite is remarkable. But it all begins with the fragrance of that balsamic vinegar.
Burgers and cheese fries at Fuddrucker’s to celebrate Father’s Day with my parents. It’s always nice to just get away together to share a meal with just the two of them, and it’s especially nice when none of us has a schedule to keep. We just sat for a while and caught up, talking and laughing and enjoying a leisurely meal. I treasure these times most of all. And the burger was pretty good, too!
The screen of my phone on numerous texting sessions throughout the week. First on Sunday night with Cerella while both of us were enjoying the return of Leverage on our respective TVs in Philadelphia and Texas, then again on Friday afternoon as we both took work breaks at the same time. In the middle of the week with my friend Meredith as we attempted to make plans for a movie night around her unexpected trip back home for a funeral and my unexpected day of dizzy. And then with my dad as we watched TCU come back to win an elimination game in the College World Series. These impromptu conversations are definitely one of the greatest joys of each day.
Five Senses is a regular weekly series by my best good friend, Cerella D. Sechrist, who borrowed the idea from Abby Powell Thompson and Shari Altman.