what we harvest

happy harvest moon!
we were driving home from a day of play last night and i pleaded with josh to pull off to the side of the road so that i could snap a few of the moon. so beautiful. so complete (well, last night she was almost complete).
i have been paying more and more attention to the moon cycles into my adult years and there is something so magical about that knowledge and connection. something so rhythmic and inspiring.
the children and i have been talking a bit about tonight's moon throughout our day. we are planning a "harvest" meal of vegetable soup with some full moon circle bread (chapatis). we anticipate a trip to the library to check out a few books on the harvest moon and we are hoping to spend some time outdoors this evening enjoying the brilliance and seeing if we can peek at some stars (that is, if the mosquitoes don't eat us alive)!
and thoughts of work in relation to food scatter about in my mind and i anticipate learning more about the work that goes into cultivating your own crop once we get this garden planted. the work is already there, where we must shovel and rake and clear ground for future bounty.
we've been outside a lot these days, working bits and pieces of the yard at a time and the sight i envision is what keeps me committed during these hot, mosquito swamped days.
the sight, and the recent words on work that i fell into while reading from Kahlil Gibran (as if I could read him and not be soaked to the core with inspiration):
"But I say to you that when you work
you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream,
assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be
intimate with life's inmost secret."
~Kahlil Gibran
So, I'm thinking of the work we do. The physical push of shoveling rock or holding warrior pose in the middle of the park on a stormy insightful night. I'm thinking about the work we do internally...the challenges we each face and how much they tug and pierce at our insecurities, but how very necessary it is for us to rise to those same challenges and accept and say "i am here to work".
It is necessary so that at some point along the way, the shining circle of light that shines upon us will illuminate a full harvest.


Nonnie said...

i thought of you last night as we drove home....and wondered if you would get josh to pull over! :) it was beautiful!!!!
wonderful words, sass....and great ambitions...and love the lessons of appreciation.

The Kalcichs said...

Jess, have you ever read the book Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver? I think you would really like it. I've been thinking a lot about how much excess we have and wanting so badly to be on the ranch again where I'm a little closer to living off the land. If you read it, let me know. I love your pictures of the moon!

daisies said...

oh wow ... these photos are beautiful, they really draw you in ... lovely