Week 19: Blessed Rain

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How many monarchs can you count?

“The farmer hopes for rain, the walker hopes for sunshine, and the gods hesitate.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Though the humidity is heavy and dense, I rejoice in the rain we are finally getting! Phew!
Many cultural traditions have teachings about rain and the blessing it brings for ecosystems. One I am familiar with is in the Christian scripture: “…for [God] maketh sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
In a modern reading of this, many folks take the idea as “even good folks are gonna suffer.” But, the people who were first talking about this idea blessed the rain, as they were so intimately aware of the need for it!
This proverb is speaking also to the the inverse message, “even the bad folks are gonna get some relief, food, and nourishment.”
These days, it can feel especially confusing for people to not get their comeuppance (do just we in Missouri use that term?). In discussions of wealth disparity, climate crisis, food access, and labor exploitation, I am often wishing more of us got what we deserve, that we saw more closely the impact of our choices.
Like Mark Twain said, “The rain is famous for falling on the just and unjust alike, but if I had the management of such affairs I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, but if I caught a sample of the unjust out doors I would drown him.”
Alas, life ain’t a series of direct cause and effect or none of us would be where we are. There’s mystery, unwarranted loss, and undue equality in these ecosystems we inhabit; I have received more than I could ever give.

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I have a practice of pausing my work whenever I hear wild geese calling–don’t get me started or I’ll begin reciting Mary Oliver’s poem!

This week’s share brought to you by lots o’ lovely water drops:
-Any tomatoes that are left!
-Eggplant or Sweet Pepppers
-Hot Peppers
-Escarole or Leeks
-Napa cabbage is back! Don’t stress out–it’ll keep and you can just chop off a serving to saute/grill/steam/roast/blanch/salad along anything you’re fixing up.
-Turnips, Radishes, Scallions, or Green Cabbage
-Mesclun mix (this has lettuce=not for cooking) or Spicy mix (for salad OR cooking)
-Yukina, Spinach, or Arugula
-Onion
-Delicata squash for everyone! Recipe below.
-Hard AND Soft Neck Garlic: hard should be used first as it doesn’t store as long, soft stores longer and has more of a kick in flavor!
-A bunched green: Kale, Collard, Chinese Broccoli, or Mix
-Herb: Parsley, Cilantro, Savory, Tulsi, or what’s left of the Cardinal Basil

Morning Hash:
Heat favorite oil to medium heat
Slice one leek and saute 3 minutes
Slice one Delicate Squash (skin and all!) and add to pan to saute 5-7 minutes
(Can add a sweet and/or hot pepper here)
Slice two small-medium tomatoes and add to pan
Salt all
Stir regularly until cooked to desired softness
Remove from heat and add black pepper
Serve over toast, with a fried egg, or over cooked greens

As our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and fellow humans in the Caribbean Islands deal with an excess of rain and flooding, I think of them while we cherish the rain here, grateful for potable water and a variety of fresh veggies. May we find more and more ways to connect to the impacts of our consumption in this world, more and more awareness of our place in the ecosystems that hold us.

With relief and sympathy,
Lyds

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