Plenty Messy and Mushy

Politics is applesauce.
~Will Rogers
Our transparent apple trees are heavily burdened with fruit this time of year, to the point of breaking branches crashing to the ground with the weight. There have been few windfalls.

There is a short span for this variety between fruit too green and sour becoming too mealy and mushy.  With the hot weather, the thin-skinned apples will start to crack and turn to mush right on the tree without even letting go first.  So the window for applesauce is now, this week, ready or not.

Applesauce-making is one of my more satisfying domestic activities.  Peeling and coring apples can be tedious, there are always a few bad spots to cut out, and though rare with the organic transparents, there is the occasional wiggling worm to dispose of before cooking.  They make a tart sauce, need no sugar;  but with all the careful preparation before the cooking, the result is smooth to the tongue and a lovely creamy light color, with all blemishes removed, extra unwanted wormy protein deposited in the compost bucket along with mountains of peel, cores and seeds.

Would that I could similarly pare out, peel off, dispose in the compost all the political flyers flooding our mailbox, the automated telephone voter polls coming into our “unlisted” number, the radio, TV and internet ads that burden us all until we crack and break under the weight.  Actually most of the election fruit is already rotting on the tree, turning us to mush in the process.  I’m weary just thinking about the millions of dollars spent in advertising candidates that could be used for far greater good and benefit for the citizenry.

The process of selecting a president and members of Congress, a governor and voting on controversial initiatives can be so vile and mean-spirited that the whole kettle of sauce is spoiled.   I could cook it all day long and there still will be worms waving in the air, rotten cores festering, scabby peels floating on top, the bottom scalding with the heat of the cook stove.  How does a reasonable person decide what is best for the country when nothing is transparent at all in what politicians say versus what they do?

And how palatable will the political flavors be when all is said and done?   I guess we’ll need to wait until November to know how the messy mush of elections will taste.

Thankfully I will have stored up plenty of the real stuff in the freezer so we can drown our misery in the creaminess of summer apples prepared and cooked to perfection: no blemishes, no scabs, no rot, and no worms waving back.

What a world.

3 thoughts on “Plenty Messy and Mushy

  1. I agree wholeheartedly, Dear Emily. I am completely out of patience, not with the political process, but by the battles for political power. I see VERY few concerned with the common interest of the citizenry — it has all to do with this group or that group controling things and then failing to responsibly use the control they win.

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  2. True, William. I used to be a political junkie and was fascinated by the theatre of it all but, there was also the element of real governance in — politicians fighting like cats and dogs but coming together in the end to compromise and things actually getting accomplished for the common good. For sure, it was always like making sausage–so ugly as to be repulsive. But even the most self-serving and complicated politicians who feathered their nests at every turn were more often than not genuine public servants, to greater or lesser degrees, and integrity in the HOuse and Senate was actually valued. Even thieves have certain honor codes. Now it’s just full-charge ahead scorched earth and we’re all getting burned a little more every day.

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  3. What a eye opening way to think about the political mess our country is in … Rev Paul McKay , you are so right even theives have a code of honor ! We are all tired of getting burned . Emily we too are fed up with the wasted money that comes in the form of ads and the mess that our country is in …
    But at least in the kitchen,
    after the work has been done to prepare the fruit, there is the sweet reward of the apples turned into something good and useful , if only we could do that with our congressman and senators … as always Emily I so enjoy your thoughts on everyday life … thanks for allowing me to express what my world is like over on the east side of our great state …

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