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Seasons, Seasoning, and Love in the Stream of Consciousness


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Season after season went by since my first love left, since he wrote the last letter followed by my last two letters. Year after year, decade after decade and the memory faded. It never died, it just went to a deep sleeping place. Maybe I visited those memories in my dreams. A lot can happen in 39 years. By the time he finally got back to me, found me again he did, we were both well seasoned. Seasoned with sweetness, spiciness, more spiciness, and then sweet savory spices. Rosemary. Thyme of time. Parsley and sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Maybe I’ll come back to that.

This is the season to savor. But there are always those memories here and there, to savor, and the ones to forget as long as I don’t forget the lessons learned. But now, back to now. This moment. No memories. No, YES memories. The Stream of Consciousness is seasoned with memories flowing into one another.

Now, we make new memories to savor in the years ahead. It seems that old people enjoy memories more. Old people older than me. Lots to look back on. But back to seasoning as this is seeming a bit sappy. Oh, well.

It’s a good thing we both like seasoning. And garlic. Though he likes garlic more than me. Garlic eaten raw can upset my stomach. Sometimes he puts a wee bit too many red pepper flakes in the linguini and clam sauce. I like a little spicy, but not when it’s so hot I can’t taste the other flavors.

I want to savor the seasonings of the season. We are coming up on the season of parsley, sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Why did I capitalize Thyme? Because I capitalized Rosemary.

I just looked at the song by Simon and Garfunkel, “Scarborough Fair,” containing “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme” in the chorus. Such a beautiful song. But I don’t think I’ve ever really listened closely to the lyrics until now. Telling someone to tell her to do X, Y, and Z work and then she’ll be a true love of mine, might explain why she once WAS a true love of his. I think I’ll just savor the chorus and not think too much about all those tasks. But in the spirit of and compliance with the Stream of Consciousness, here’s the beautiful song. Maybe someone can help me justify the lyrics. Or not.

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “season,” with directions to use the word “season,” add a suffix to it, or write about one. (Bonus points if the first and last word of your post is a season or a seasoning.) Did you notice I almost got bonus points. Then I had to get analytical about the song lyrics.

The Saturday Stream of Consciousness is brought to you by Linda G. Hill. For more information, click the link below.

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

27 thoughts on “Seasons, Seasoning, and Love in the Stream of Consciousness

  1. You can still take the bonus points 🙂 Now that you said it… some of the lyrics really escaped me!

  2. The lyrics are about a man trying to attain his true love. In Medieval times, the herbs mentioned in the song represent virtues that were important to the lyrics. Parsley was comfort, sage was strength, rosemary was love, and thyme was courage.

  3. I love this post and this song!! Celtic Woman does a beautiful rendition it, too:-P

  4. It’s an old old song, old story from some ancient place, like as old as Canterbury Tales old. I always think of when I read or see Practical Magic (seen or read that?) In case you haven’t — One of the sisters sets about designing her true love through spellwork, and she’s so afraid of falling in love, being out of control, she makes it almost impossible — a man with one blue eye, one green and all these other things that are unlikely traits.
    In the case of this song, since she’s been his love, I think he’s been wounded so badly, it’s impossible for him to love her again. She pines for him in regret.
    It’s a great choice, a thinking choice, for the prompt today. Nice post 🙂 Good job 🙂

    • Thanks for such a thoughtful and affirming comment, Joey. 🙂 Yes, I have seen Practical Magic. Enjoyed it very much. So maybe he’s asking her to do all those things for her to prove she’s invested and not likely to hurt him again? Interesting.

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  6. I love hearing about your love story. 39 years passing by is crazy. It’s inspiringly hopeful💕

  7. A beautiful stream. As you probably know, ten years ago we found each other again after almost 40. We share the memories of our youth, and are creating more

  8. But, the tasks in the song are impossible to accomplish–find me an acre of land/between the salt water and the sea strand…reap a field with a sickle of leather, etc. “Then she’ll be a true love of mine.” No wonder they sing it wistfully.

  9. 39 years – that’s an amazing story. Nice job with the prompt.

  10. I liked the idea of men wishing like women always do! That has been my “take” from this song since I had a few Simon and Garfunkel records. They were rather “sensitive” men in amongst my liking the Rolling Stones who were so manly and assured. . . It was nice to balance out my music, like Bread which was my favorite slow dancing band in high school.
    But Harry Chapin, Neil Diamond and other caring song writers help me to understand obscure lyrics, chuckling now!

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