My favorite produce stand Sosio’s in Pike’s Place sells peaches that are so crazy good, when the hawker draws you in and cuts you a slice to taste, you immediately burst out with an “Oh…My…Gawd!” At which point the pusher who just gave you a free taste points to a hand written sign labeling the peaches as ‘Oh my God’ Peaches. Sold. I was a rube the first time, and enjoy watching others make the pilgrimage for the first time when I’ve gone back.
This post is not about those peaches. It’s about a pretty mediocre peach from Costco what my wife was kind enough to buy a flat of when stocking up our corporate housing kitchen. We moved from Tucson to Boise just a week and a half ago. Robyn flew because women who are almost 9 months pregnant don’t drive 1,000 across country with two farty dogs in 100 degree heat. I, on the other hand, have an Associates in overland transport of gaseous canines. So I drove. Her Dad met her at the airport and we all reunited at our annual retreat destination: The Marriott Residence Inn. Thankfully we only stayed a couple days in the hotel, and now we’re in a furnished two bedroom apartment until we can sell our old house and buy our new house. Both are in process as I write this.
What does this have to do with peaches? I’m getting there. Robyn went into labor around 9am Sunday morning, August 18th. We made it to the hospital around 11am, the Doc confirmed Robyn’s bag of waters was leaking, and we checked into St. Luke’s for the duration. For several hours, labor was simply labor – pain, pushing, pitocin – the three P’s. Despite Robyn’s effort, our little girl wasn’t coming down like she was supposed to, and started to get stressed out. We headed into the OR for a C-section around 4am Monday the 19th, and at 4:28am we were presented with Rowan Elizabeth Sexton! I know, still no peaches in this story…stay with me.
Have you ever been camping? Almost anything you eat when you’re camping tastes amazing. Could be the fire, being outdoors, or that civilization is a million miles away. I had a similar experience with my peach. After more than 24 hours of no sleep, stressing for and supporting my lovely wife through a pain I can’t imagine and couldn’t salve, rushing home from the hospital to get the dogs fed and walked prior to baby arriving, and then back home right after the baby was born to get the dogs to doggie camp, I was tired. Bone tired. Ecstatic. Wiped Out. Euphoric. Fatigued. Blown away.
Robyn’s marching orders were clear: after taking care of the dogs, I was to take a nap. Not one to argue, I slept for about 2 hours and woke up hungry. I hadn’t really eaten much in the past 36 hours, and not having much edible in the kitchen, I grabbed a peach that Robyn had gotten from Costco. Now I’m a lover of farmer’s markets and CSA boxes, but I also have a fondness for Costco. I’m agnostic, so no hating on where the fruit was sourced.
I can tell you everything about that peach. The texture, temperature (it was in the fridge – colder than I like, but just right on a 100 degree day), and how the faintly fuzzy skin felt in my hand an on my lips. The grain of the flesh was juicy but slightly mushy, and the pit was split and left behind soft little flakes that I ate anyway. I remember the slurpy gulpy noises as I finished the peach in about 5 bites, maybe 6, and thought about eating a couple more but I didn’t want to ruin my experience.
So there you have it. All it takes to have an out of body experience with a piece of fruit is:
- Move to a new state and start a new job
- Make sure you’re in the process of selling your current home and buying another while you do #1
- For added excitement, prior to starting your new job, take no time off, and drive 1000 miles with two wound up and methane producing dogs
- Just to make sure there’s the right amount of chaos, pre-plan so that your wife is just about ready to have a baby – 8 1/2 months should be okay.
That should about do it. Stay tuned for more food and baby related posts. Boise is looking to be an amazing place to eat and have a family, and our little Bacon Seed will no doubt only add to our adventures!