Like A Bottle Of Maple Syrup

Day 23 - Bottle Of Maple Syrup Watercolor - Doodlewash

Since I love all types of food, I wasn’t sure what would qualify as awesome food, our prompt for today, but I figured anything with maple syrup on top would certainly qualify as fantastic! So we have a little bottle of maple syrup for today. Truly, just seeing a bottle of maple syrup as a kid made my heart smile, because I knew that pancakes or French toast were possibly in my future. In that moment, it really didn’t matter which one as I was just assured that something sweet and wonderful was coming my way. The shape of a maple syrup bottle is rather iconic with it’s tiny little handle that’s so impossibly small it’s not feasible for any size of human to really use it properly. Philippe informed me that these were in homage to a time when the syrup came in much larger earthenware containers. When they were shrunk to this size, the handle remained to retain a bit of the history, becoming a mere decoration instead. I love it when that happens. When through all of our modern advancements, we still pause for a moment to remember and celebrate our wonderful past.

This has certainly become my approach to my daily doodlewashes. I often take a moment each day to reflect on and enjoy past memories. So many new things appear each day and modern life can seem a bit chaotic at times. But nothing came from nothing. There’s always a rich past that affects each little step along the way. For me, talking about the present, always feels like starting in the middle of the story. I like to delve back into the time before and discover what made it all happen in the first place. Though it feels like much of what we enjoy in life has been around forever, its history is often rather short. There was a time, for example, when Facebook was actually “The Facebook” in simple type and brackets, only open to students of Harvard University. This was also only in 2004, which is extremely recent history. So many of the technical things we know and use today haven’t really been around all that long. Yet, many of the others things we know and enjoy have been around for decades or hundreds of years. What becomes important in our lives is a question of choice, but each new thing that’s introduced leaves an effect of some kind.

While I adore social media and its ability to connect us all, I don’t think its a full replacement for genuine connections. The kind that might happen over a glass of actual, not virtual, tea and some pleasant conversation. That said, it’s likely impossible that we could all travel to meet each other and have that cup of tea, so this is really the next best thing. I love that I can “meet” people from all over the world and exchange ideas about life and art. It’s a truly incredible experience. When I was a kid, such a thing would have been considered the work of science fiction. Yet, today, here we are with all of the tools in place to actually make it happen. That’s a pretty wonderful thing indeed! But as we zoom into this incredible future, I for one, like to take little trips back in time to connect it to the past. It’s the full story that doesn’t often get reported these days as we talk about all of the latest events and things happening in the last few minutes. Personally, I’ll leave those immediate and current events to others, and happily celebrate those little bits of memories from our past, like a bottle of maple syrup.

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Day 23 - Bottle Of Maple Syrup Watercolor - Doodlewash
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24 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    Luscious color for the syrup and shadow! I noted the interesting combo of colors you used to create it – a trio I wouldn’t have thought of. Yay for writing about memories of times past. I have so many wonderful associations with the items you write about.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed this! And you noted correctly… I am pondering a new trio at the moment! 😉

  2. Mary Roff 3 months ago

    Wonderful syrup and bottle. Brings back memories of delicious breakfasts on cold winter mornings.

  3. Ann 3 months ago

    Great color!

  4. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    This bottle of syrup looks exactly like the unopened one in my kitchen closet. My husband loved it when I made him pancakes or french toast. Either one…a real treat.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Glad you liked this June! 😃💕Yeah, I agree! Either is a real treat, but I think I like French Toast best. It’s more rare in our house it’s a super treat when it happens!

  5. memadtwo 3 months ago

    Delicious Charlie! And now I’m thinking about those maple sugar candies…(K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 hehe… ohhhhh… yum! Now you have me thinking about those candies as well!

  6. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 months ago

    It’s fabulous, all over.
    Great liose. thanks so much.

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

    Don’t you know what that tiny glass loop on the maple syrup bottle is for? It’s so you can run a leather cord through it and hang it around your neck, the better to have your maple syrup available at all times. And you captured this delightful comestible perfectly – I’ve already licked the computer screen.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      haha!! I LOVE that reason SO much more! I’m definitely going to try it! 😃💕 I wonder what Philippe would think if I started wearing maple syrup around my neck. Hopefully, just “French Toast”! lol

      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 months ago

        I am not even going to attempt to interpret your final comment….. but I am going to laugh.

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          Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

          haha! There was no euphemism meant there, but I realize now the quotes make it seem as such! lol 😊

  8. smzang 3 months ago

    I love the scents and tastes your painting brings into this room! The air is dancing with
    maple and fresh coffee. My tummy is rumbling.

    as for “homage to a time when the syrup came in much larger earthenware containers. When they were shrunk to this size, the handle remained to retain a bit of the history, becoming a mere decoration instead. ” I did not know that. My two sisters and I came to the conclusion that maple syrup was made by Keebler elves and thus the tiny handles.
    I would never have guessed the true reason.

    My chosen Charlie quote for today is:
    “For me, talking about the present, always feels like starting in the middle of the story. I like to delve back into the time before and discover what made it all happen in the first place.”

    Yes!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 hehe… I love the elf idea because I always thought the same thing! It’s way more fun to think that! Guess I should have started this post with “spoiler alert”! lol

  9. Delores Azary 3 months ago

    This gave me a flashback to 4th grade. Our teacher, Mrs. Spain, wanted to make real maple syrup candy for us. She asked her husband if he could pick up some bottles of pure maple syrup at the store. Bless his heart, when he was going to his car with the syrup, he tripped over something and the syrup went flying. Unfortunately the bottles hit something hard and broke. He turned around and went back into the store to buy more syrup. I can only imagine what all of the real maple syrup cost him!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Oh wow! What a fun story! hehe… poor guy! I bet that was an expensive trip, but wonderful that he just carried on and didn’t give up on that maple syrup! 😃💕

  10. photoscientist 3 months ago

    Passport . . . check. Plane ticket . . . check. . . Canada here I come for that maple syrup.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      hehe!! Glad you have it all sorted! Yep… definitely worth a trip to Canada to get some maple syrup! 😃💕

  11. Lisa 3 months ago

    Oddly, I commented here yesterday and it is gone. I must have messed up. I don’t remember what I said either. But I do know that I mentioned my neighbor taps our trees and hers to make syrup every spring. Yum!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Weird… internet gremlins are bizarre!! But yay to having a neighbor who provides syrup!! That’s totally yum!! 😃💕

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