Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Healing Power of Blueberries

Blueberry plants are easy to grow, require little care and are seldom bothered by pests.  If you follow a few simple steps a Blueberry plants can thrive and last a lifetime.  
Both low in sugar and high in fiber, the blueberry is one of the few fruits native to North America.  

This small blue fruit with the low growing profile is claimed by Native Americans to have magical healing properties.  Magical properties I questioned until now. 

You see, long before I had Monkey's, I had a little sister.  I have written about her before.  She is, was, and always will be my first true love. 

Ours, however, is far from a perfect relationship.  Growing up it seemed that the four years that separated us may as well have been 40 years. It was only when I met the Monkey Maker that things really started to improve between us, connecting in ways that I had only dreamed of.  

It was a truly special time in my life, however short lived. 

On the day I found out that I was pregnant with Monster Monkey, even though my sister was only a sophomore in college, it was her number I dialed.  She was the first call I made.  She dropped everything and came right to me.  Driving from Maryland, the state she now calls home.  And she was so steady, so clam, so collected.  She could see, although I was blind to it, that I was born to make Monkey's.  

In recent years we have had our fair share of stumbles and rough patches along the way. As I moved through the phases of motherhood, it seemed I moved further and further away from her. 

Though there was no fault to place, no blame to bare, I know we both felt it.  The heaviness, the layer of expectations unmet and disappointments yet to come. 

The changes in attitude, changes in perspective, these are a natural progression, one over which we had no control.  There were hundreds of happy moments but in between were the misunderstandings on both of our parts, the inability for either of us to fully cross over and understand where the other was.  And it was a little sad.

There was so much about Motherhood that I wanted to share with her.  Parenting challenges and inside pregnancy jokes.  I wanted to be in the club together, but the timing was never quite right. 

And then one day a Blueberry arrived.

This Blueberry fixed what ailed us.  It brought us together in a way I always imagined.  Who knew something so small could do so much good...

**This post is dedicated to my little sister, her husband and their amazing Blueberry.  I am so excited for you both. **


  1. What a sweet post. I want to plant blueberries now....real blueberries.

  2. What a great post. Get the blueberries!

  3. Hooray for blueberries!