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What Is It That You Can Do?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I have kind of a running joke with a former boss.  When I see him I often remark that I know my future is secure because I can always go to work for him.  His standard response is always, “What is it that you can do?”  While it might not secure employment with him, one thing I can do is make jam and jelly.  Not just ordinary jam and jelly, but jam and jelly of the most excellent variety.

Last year we had a bumper crop of fruit so I had the shelves stocked with peach, plum, apricot, and the family favorite–strawberry.  Actually, my son, Seth, and granddaughter, Harper, claim plum as their favorite, but strawberry is a very close second.  This weekend I made the first batch of strawberry jam, and it was delicious spread on a slice of homemade bread or microwaved and drizzled over vanilla ice cream.  The crop is going to be smaller this year due to a lack of winter moisture and a late spring freeze, but I should have enough to share with the family.

After John sampled the new batch he remarked, “Grandpa always said to marry a rich girl because they all look the same in the dark, but he was wrong.  You should marry a gal who can make jam like that.”  I was a little unsure, as I usually am, just exactly what he was trying to say.  I certainly wasn’t rich nor could I make jam when we married so he must think I’m pretty.  Right?  At the very least, I think it was a compliment on my jam.  He wasn’t rich when we married and still isn’t, but he is kind of pretty.  Now we just have to figure out what it is that he can do.

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