day 286: picking raspberries

My husband's aunt told me yesterday that when she was a girl she would walk down the street to her grandma's house, where she would grab a bucket and then start picking raspberries.  Her grandma would follow her with her own bucket, and at the end of picking Aunt Pauline was always shocked to see that although her grandma followed her in picking, she had twice as many berries. Years later Pauline learned the secret was that her grandma took the time to pick up the branches and look in hidden places, while Pauline herself only picked the more obvious berries.

I have been thinking about teamwork lately.  It is in action here in my family, in my classroom, and in my schooling at the university, as we work in collaborative settings.  I am developing an even greater appreciation for people I spend time with that pick up the branches behind me.

The sticky juice tastes so much better when at least two people are pickin'.


Bossy Betty | June 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Absolutely true! You never know what beauty you'll uncover if you are patient!

Jenny P. | June 1, 2010 at 10:46 PM

So many life lessons could come from such a story... teamwork, patience, endurance, finding goodness hidden beneath the branches. Lovely thoughts.

Lara Neves | June 2, 2010 at 6:32 AM

I have learned this lesson so many times just from being married to my husband. We complement each other so perfectly, and the teamwork is so essential.

gigi | June 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM

What a way with words. I have blackberries in my fridge!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | June 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM

Too true.
I'm a picker of huckleberries.
It's a wild blueberry that is tart and wonderful. They are hard to find and a lot of work.
The best huckleberries are the ones you find under the branches when you are on your knees.

Moral: You get the best stuff when yu are on your knees.

Kimberly Vanderhorst | June 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Oh the sweetness (and stickiness!) of the allegory you've painted here for us. I can just smell the teamwork...mmm...

Charlotte | June 2, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Love the lesson. I have been the head picker and the lift up and get what's left behind picker and they are both so important!

Jenny | June 3, 2010 at 9:51 AM

This is so true! I love working with others to collaborate when it benefits the students we are all working with.

Shaheen | June 8, 2010 at 8:59 AM

That is a lovely way of conveying a message of patience, support and teamwork. Thank you so much for sharing.