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The Blackberry Bush Paperback – June 1, 2011
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It was much latter in life, that I discovered the fruit of the seemingly impenetrable fortress of thorn and vine. First in the forests of Maryland and later in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California. My nature loving daughter and I loved to go for "nature walks." My daughter has always been one of the smartest and most curious in her class (still is) but growing up, like many preteens and teenagers, she felt awkward and sometimes "not pretty" like Kati. But on our "nature walks," my daughter's soul would come alive. She loved picking up rocks, asking about tree types and many other nature questions. Deep into the forests and canyons, we discovered blackberry bushes. But unlike the blackberries of my autumn hunting childhood, these blackberry bushes not only had leaves on them, they had berries on them...and...my daughter loves berries. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries. She has never met a berry she did not like. My preteen daughter asked, "What are those poppa?" I said, "Those are blackberries." She asked, "Can we eat them?" I said yes but then gave the advice of my father and grandfather, "don't just charge through...find the path through or skirt along the edge." Megan discovered the best berries were always found on the path through the bramble, but caution was always warranted. From time to time, I had to go into the bramble and help her out. This was a journey filled with reward, but there were costs for missteps.
Mr. Housholder's weaves the blackberry bush through his novel as a metaphor for life. It is brilliant that he chose a blackberry bush. First there are blackberry bushes everywhere in the world. Second a blackberry bramble, like life circumstances, can be a source of delicious joy or excruciating pain. Again much like life, the destination is less important than the journey through the prickly parts. In addition, we often have to navigate through the pain, to find the joy, whether that be hunting birds, delicious berries or timeless truths.
As one other person noted, "this story is our story." We all have been experienced our proverbial blackberry brambles. Some people choose to live on the sidewalk of life and never discover beauty and the pain God's creation; they play it safe and superficial. Others charge ahead, not paying attention to what is ahead, and get ripped to shreds. But the truly wise know the wisdom that can be gained of looking for a path through life's proverbial blackberry bushes. True there are tangles and thorns, but there is also delicious sweetness and tartness if you just look for it along the way.
Thanks for blessing us with this story. Thanks for reminding me about my story. And thanks most for reminding me that I am a part of a bigger story.
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The Blackberry Bush is the coming of age story of Kati and Josh, two young...Read more