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SoCS: A Bowl of Cherries

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This week’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bowl.” Use it as a noun or a verb—use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I’ve never liked bowling. It’s noisy, and I’ve never been any good at it. Not interested in the Superbowl. I tried many years ago, but my x boyfriend informed me, “You don’t do yoga during the Superbowl!

So, let’s go with the other bowl.

Life is a bowl of cherries. Some are sweet, some sour, some go bad. And they have seeds, which is okay. That’s how we get cherries. If you eat cherries and almonds at the same time, it tastes a little like coconut.

Life is like a bowl of cherries, or a box of chocolates, depending on who you ask. Before I started typing this, I got curious about where the bowl of cherries analogy comes from. Turns out it’s an old song. My parents probably knew that. Heck, my dad probably sang it since he liked to sing.

The song, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” is about enjoying life and not being too serious. I’ve had a lot of practice being serious having been serious most of my life, most of the time, with some exceptions. The more we practice anything, the better we get at it, whether it’s being serious, making jokes, or dancing. Where did dancing come from? I don’t dance much. Maybe I should.

Life can be pretty serious, especially if you watch mainstream news. But there are alternatives for balance, like coming here on Tuesdays for Good News Tuesday. Yes, that’s a plug for my weekly post.

I think I’m going to practice enjoying and creating more little moments of joy in spite of the bad stuff going on. Or big moments of joy. But little moments of joy are easy, like seeing butterflies (I don’t care if it’s cliche), playing with the dog, or blowing those bubbles waiting patiently on my back deck.

This Saturday is a busy day for me, so I’m typing this on Friday which has been an easy, stay home day. Saturday, I have a thing at a church that involves coloring. Coloring brings me joy, so I’ll seek and savor those moments. Then, the farmer’s market and the annual Vegfest downtown. I hope they have some vegan food left by the time I get there. That’s more time away from home than I like. Being at home brings me joy. I think I’ll look for cherries.

Here’s the song done by Doris Day who was an animal activist later in life.

The chorus goes something like this:

Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Don’t take it serious; it’s too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can’t take your dough when you go, go, go.
So keep repeating it’s the berries,
The strongest oak must fall, (no, they mustn’t! says joannaoftheforest)
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you’ve never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So live and laugh at it all.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken lately:

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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.

31 thoughts on “SoCS: A Bowl of Cherries

  1. I hope you find some cherries to nibble on at the end of your busy day. Good News Tuesday is one of my favorite blog stops.

  2. Ah, yes, the lightness of being. I did not know where the cherries 🍒 quote came from. I’ll have to try the cherries and almonds taste trick! Have a wonderful weekend! 💕🎃

  3. DEElightful! I cared for many babies over 46 years of providing Day Care. One of my biggest revelations during those beautiful years was that even tiny infants are hardwired to be more or less serious. Seeking joy and silliness is never a waste of time. 😉

  4. “If you eat cherries and almonds at the same time, it tastes a little like coconut” — yum!
    But really? Wow!
    I hope you get cherries at the veg fest— but are cherries in season now? Not here.

    Dance? I like to dance but hardly remember to try during the day or night. Gosh I must try to remember. Or I’ll stiffen. 😱

    Good News Tuesday is a great reminder about the goodness that exist amid chaos. I love reading your choices. XoXo thanks for sharing. Stay sweet.

  5. Thank you for sharing!!.. in my case life is a bowl of strawberries topped with some whipped cream and ground walnuts!!.. 🙂
    I give the negative news a few minutes of my time to catch the headlines and then it is on to living life, following my dreams and helping to make this world a better place… just as you are doing!.. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ( Mother Teresa)…. 🙂

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

    • Setting a limit on the negative news is a good idea. Strawberries, whipped cream, and walnuts: Yum! I like that ripples quote, too! Thanks for these goodies, Larry!

  6. I quit watching the news years ago. I’d rather be uninformed than misinformed.

  7. Creating little moments of joy are critical to our mental well-being 🙂 I find the silliest of ways to add joy to my day, like giving myself a big smile in the bathroom mirror to start my day 😀 Strolling around our garden during my afternoon work-break is another high. Seeing a butterfly works, too, more so nowadays that they’ve become a rare sighting. Enjoyed listening to the Doris Day feature song. As a kid, I enjoyed listening to my father’s LP of her top hits. Such a beautiful voice that makes life seem brighter!

    • My parents were big Doris Day fans. I love your big smile in the bathroom mirror. After my divorce, I learned to say, “I love you,” in the mirror, and mean it. I hope you see more butterflies. 🙂

  8. Such an encouraging, light-hearted post, JoAnna! I enjoyed the Doris Day song. I also like to eat cherries and will be glad when they are in season again ❤

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