Dear Beth: Spring seems like a good time to revisit juiciness. I wonder if you would consider discussing juiciness on your Web site again?
Thanks, — A.C.L. , San Francisco
Thank you for asking, this is a great idea! I would be delighted! As a bit of a segue, for the past couple of days, I’ve been writing about the Wise Women in our shared histories. In cultures throughout the world, until just the past 150 years or so, the job of helping with childbirth, healing ailments, counseling, and tending to the dying has primarily fallen upon the shoulders of women.
Some were called witches. As many who have studied the etymology point out, the word “witch” is rooted in Proto Indo-European terms like, “weik” which had to do with consecratory activities, and “weid,” which is to see or know. The latter, usually the preferred form, produces everything from Latin “video, videre” which is “to see,” to the English “wit” “knowledge” and German “wissen,” all meaning, “to know.”
When it comes to “knowing,” the wisdom of the ages tells us, the most important step is to “Know thyself.” Like the tender green leaves that are unfolding throughout the land here in North Carolina, perhaps it is time that we began to awaken our own tender true selves.
Over the next several days, let’s focus on exactly that. So here’s your homework for tomorrow.. (don’t worry, it isn’t hard!) .. think for a little while about just what A.C.L. and I might be talking about when we say someone or something is juicy. What does that conjure up in your imagination?