Savory Valentine, photo and all text ⓒ Irene O’Garden, 2014
Like a book-pressed flower, this image was cast on my living room wall one recent afternoon. Not a lace-doily, high-pitched, sugar-spun Valentine, but reflecting to me love over time–how it caramelizes, deepens, enriched by the salts of frustration and effort into a savory mystery where even shadow itself is a delicacy.
We are heading to a wedding in the South today, where these beautiful time-grown qualities will be much in evidence. This pair of lovers has discovered that even where light is obstructed, there’s grace. Here’s to Ann and José, and to you, to lovers, to memories of love, and memories in the making. Let us savor them. And one another. Happy Valentine’s Day.