Ode to the Avo

Life is cycles, and the quiet one in which I currently find myself, makes words seem superfluous. Yet, here are the Archives awaiting letters on a screen.

So I ponder avocados.

Learn that first evidence of this “alligator pear” was found in a Mexican cave around 10,000 B.C.

Recall that Pearl Jam’s 2006 release was known as “The Avocado Album.”

Discover that Avocado, California is an ‘unincorporated community’ located very near my own hometown.

Give thanks to the tree just down the hill, which provides our family about one fallen avocado a day, as long as we get there before the chickens.


Turtles, Chocolate and June

I don’t know what any of it means. I simply record the details.

And yesterday held a series of unusual occurrences for the archives.

There were some interesting discoveries. I spotted a “twin” avocado growing on our backyard tree.

Jessica Dofflemyer

And the Bohemian found a turtle. From whence it came we do not know, but there she was beneath the puakinikini tree. Like first time parents, the two of us were working by headlamp in the dark, filling a kiddie pool with water and building ramps, after our online search revealed this turtle needed to be submerged in water in order to eat.

photo courtesy of The Bohemian

I also received a box of vitamins in the mail accompanied with my order of cacao powder, which had burst open in transit. The unpacking ritual left the house coated in a dusting of brown, the scent of chocolate in the air.

At sunset a friend stops by the house for a beer. The Bohemian and I are still watching the very slow movements of our newly adopted turtle. We take a break to watch the sun go down and they tell me I still have cacao powder on my forehead. By sundown, we three decide – what the heck – how about pancakes for dinner?

The first day of June 2012. Turtles, double avocados, sifting through chocolate, pancakes and beer.

Like I said, I’m just recording the details.