Husband makes me herbs everyday. We have two tall shelves in our living room, lined with jars and jars of dried herbs. He has a traditional Chinese scale made of copper which he uses to weigh the herbs. Sometimes he doesn’t use the scale and just grabs a handful, knowing already how much a handful weighs.
Once, I burned my herbs, so I FaceTimed him to walk me through making another batch. He would instruct me which shelf to go to, I’d hold the camera up to show him the jars, and he’d tell me which one to pull out. We did this until there were about ten jars and a couple boxes lined up on the dining room table. Then he showed me how to use the scale, a delicate act of balancing. I got off the phone with him and proceeded to weigh all the herbs and dump them into a bowl. The weight kept falling off, and the task of getting just the right amount was trying. I’d put on the herbs, check the weight, take some off, the weight would fall off so I’d put it back on at the right mark, check the weight, put a little back on, the weight would fall off again so I’d put it back on at the right mark, check the weight, put a little bit more on, check the weight, take a little off, check the weight, put a tad bit on, check the weight. Needless to say, this took me at least 45 minutes to do. I vowed to never burn my herbs again.
When I was in high school and college, I made mix tapes for friends and boys I liked or was dating. I’d put on songs that meant a lot to me or reminded me of them. It was a labor of love- picking out the songs, putting them in the right order, hitting pause at the right moment 1-2 seconds after a song ends, timing it so that all the songs fit on one side.
I think of my herbs as mix tapes, Husband’s labor of love. Sometimes when I drink them, I pray that they fully accomplish what they set out to do the way God’s words are delivered to never come back empty, the way rain waters the earth and brings forth life. The herbs smell medicinal and often resemble mud water, but I swoon over them the way girls swoon over flowers.