I love crème brulee…I think it’s the yummiest thing I have ever put into my mouth and the happiness of it lingers for days and days…then I dream about it from time to time. I probably only have Crème Brulee 2 or 3 times a year, but it is the sweetest experience every single time.

But, how do I even know it is sweet? How do I know that it tastes better than just about anything?

Because, I’ve had other things too. Dandelion greens? Ok, I have a confession…once when I was a kid, I heard that people actually EAT dandelion greens…so I went through the back door, down the patio stairs, through the lawn, and over to the spot by the fence where the lawnmower couldn’t reach…and found a little dandelion plant. And I plucked one of the leaves from the plant. White stuff that looked like Elmer’s glue came from the stem, and I put it in my mouth. YUUUUUUCK!!!!!

Can I say that again? YUCK!!!!
And…that taste lingered in my mouth and my memory for a very long time too, it still does…enough that I never want to have that experience again.

If I had a great piece of salmon with a delicious side of sautéed mushrooms and skinny, tender asparagus…with a little dish of yummy crème brulee to top it off, that crème brulee would still taste really really good…..

But, what if I’d been fed a diet of dandelion greens, raw and cooked and maybe even fried…day after day…maybe with some cream of wheat once in a a while, no sugar…perhaps a slice of bologna on occasion…but, mostly dandelion greens…

….and then, after months and months of that…I get to have crème brulee…..

Let me tell you…it always tastes really good…but it would taste a thousand times better after eating the bitterness of dandelion greens for a while….

Aren’t you thankful for a nice cool breeze, and a spot of shade on a miserably hot day? The spot of shade would just be a spot of shade if it wasn’t for the unbearable heat. How about the way it feels to walk into a warm coffee shop when you’re Christmas shopping during a blizzard? The coffee shop would just be a coffee shop without the blizzard to make you appreciate all that is great about it.

…and that’s how life is…it helps to make sense of things that aren’t so pleasant. Without the bitterness, we would never, ever, know the sweet…we wouldn’t even know that there was such a thing…unless there was a hard day, a hug would just be a hug…a smile would just be a smile…unless there was difficulty, a finish line would just be a ribbon across the road.

I am thankful for dandelion greens to make the crème brulee so much sweeter.

Have a great day,