A friend dropped by the church today and brought me a jar of my favorite pickles. There was no reason for the gift. She had just been in Amish country a couple days ago, knew how much I loved these pickles, and bought a jar for me. I was ecstatic! Pickles! For ME! Not only are these my favorite pickles EVER, I was grateful she even thought of me.
Pickles have a tendency to remind me of people. You have your Sweet Pickles that remind me of folks like my friend, who do thoughtful things for no reason. There’s an art to that. And it must be a special gift God gives some of us, because not all of us have such thoughtful natures. People who say kind things, make kind comments on our blogs, make thoughtful gestures and expect nothing in return, those are Sweet Pickles, and not everyone can be one. Everyone likes a Sweet Pickle.
Then we’ve got Bread & Butter Pickles. My mom made those every summer. In fact, I thought growing up that there were only two types of pickles…Bread & Butter Pickles and Hamburger Pickles. Because those were all I ever saw, and sometimes the Bread & Butter Pickles did double duty as Hamburger Pickles. These type of folks are down to earth, hard working, dependable, and solid. They become mature adults who spend their money wisely and make smart choices in life. They are good to be around and make trustworthy friends.
I’ve known some pretty prickly cucumbers that became pickles. You know the kind; the ones who are sensitive to every word and gesture you make and want to argue about it. Those who get hurt feelings if you don’t say hello in just the right tone of voice, or if you don’t say hello at all. And those people become so prickly that they become real pickles to be around. I try to avoid those prickly ones.
Now, my favorite, the Garlic Dill Pickles. Oh my, they do have a robust personality! They make a statement, are artistic, often eccentric, and love experiencing life. They might wear basic black clothes all the time, or something more eclectic and flamboyant, full of bright color and energy. Their clothes make a statement. Garlic Dills are never boring. They may be a bit temperamental, moody, or overbearing at times, but they are never boring. They are strong and fearless, full of surprises and discovery.
I know there are lots more pickles out there, so many different kinds and tastes. That’s what makes life so much more interesting and exciting. Because believe me, there’s nothing more boring than a plain old pickle with no taste, no style, no sense of wonder. If I knew I had to be a plain pickle, I’d rather stay in the patch.