Artichokes are my favorite vegetable. I love most veggies, but what sets artichokes above the rest is they force us to slow down, savor, and enjoy time around the table — a rarity today! Growing up some of my favorite memories around the table were when mom served artichokes as an appetizer.
Each of us would have our own and as we chatted about life’s happenings, we’d dip the petal bottom in a butter sauce and rake it over our teeth to dislodge the meaty pulp at the base. Mom would line a bowl with a grocery sack for easy tossing of the unused portion of each petal. It was more than a vegetable, it was an experience.
About six weeks ago, my mom passed away suddenly. We had visited several nurseries looking for plants for my new house the last time we hung out.
Today, as I was scouting for a place to buy an artichoke plant in her honor. After calling tons of nurseries, Blooming Colors in Grapevine actually had artichoke plants!!! It didn’t choke me up until the same lady helped me that had helped mom and I, a couple months prior. I made my purchase then got into the car and balled like a baby. I wanted to call my mom and tell her that I was planting these because it was a special memory. I wanted to tell her that it was so cool having that same sweet lady help me. I wanted to tell her I was excited for her next visit so I could show them off!
I shed more tears over the loss of my sweet mom today. The tears were more than just sadness — they were also tears of thankfulness for that precious memory. More and more I am seeing how important it is to keep living to the fullest because at some point we will leave this earth and one of the greatest gifts you can leave a loved ones is sweet footprints to look back on and feel the tenderness of your love. — Psalm 39:4
My sister lives in the Dallas area (like, me) and has been growing an artichoke plant for several years now. Hers is HUGE and is very healthy. Tomorrow I will be Planting My Favorite Veggie and before long enjoying artichokes fresh from my garden with my kids (who love artichokes, too). It’s fun to carry on mom’s legacy until one day when we are together again in heaven!