"Simple pleasures is the key to life, you see. Planting lettuce. Rooting wild violets. Making grape jelly in August. Growing your own parsley and thyme. Hanging wet sheets on the line, feeling them slap against your legs like your own personal breeze. Hearing your mama tell you about when she was a girl and when HER mama was a girl, all the way back to Eve and the apple tree. Like I used to tell my Ruthie, While you're busy making your grocery lists and planning your schedules, real life is happening. And you know what, child? It sure enough is."