Fresh Cherries

Symbol of Summer

Published Summer, 2008
Fresh Ideas magazine

If rosy-red rhubarb shot through with green signals spring, then glossy cherries in shades of garnet are a sure sign that summer has arrived. For me, cherries are a little bit like potato chips--it's unthinkable to eat just one. I'd even go so far as to say they're impossible to resist. And here in the Pacific Northwest, they're difficult to ignore.

Wander the streets of any Portland neighborhood beginning in early June and look up; limbs heavy with the jewel-toned orbs hand over fences and span crimson-stained sidewalks littered with pits.

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