“You always have tomatoes on your windowsill.”
“Every time I’ve been here, there’ve been tomatoes up there.”
Huh. I’d never thought about that. But to one of my nieces, who usually visits during tomato season, it is a truth universally acknowledged.
I wonder what else is an “always” in her eyes? Hopefully it is that I always light up when I see her. And that I always remember to put a little sweet treat on her pillow and have all the fixin’s for s’mores on hand. And that I always have time to listen to her stories and take her berry picking.
A friend pointed out that a lot of our “always” memories from childhood probably stem from occasions that only happened once, but were memorable. I’ve tested this with my own family:
“Didn’t we always go to Disneyworld, every time we went to Florida?” (Truth: more likely only 2-3 times).
“Grandma always took me out for lunch, and we always got Reubens.” (Truth: one time).
“We always sat down as a whole family for dinner, every night.” (Truth: not exactly).
The fact is, you never know when one special trip, one special moment, or one windowsill of tomatoes is going to become someone’s always.
It’s a very encouraging thought that even in the face of life’s imperfections, we all have the power to make our always something beautifully memorable.
What is your always?