This popular phrase means that life is sweet and simple, but is it? Irma Bombeck pointed out in her book that a bowl of cherries might have a pit or two. Cherries are indeed sweet when fully ripened, but some can be sour.

Going back to my life’s quilt on the previous blog, there were pits in each patch. The biggest pit was the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, but it has turned out to bring amazing rewards and growth. Yes, cancer can have its positivity IF you choose to learn from it, help others, and be a role model for family and friends on how to face adversity.

Being a parent has many rewards, some heartbreaks, and it challenges one’s patience, understanding, and coping abilities. Parenting is the most difficult and most rewarding role and one I would not trade for the world.

Sally Cronin wrote a wonderful book titled, Life is Like A Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. I gave it 5 stars with the comment “each story will touch your heart, search your soul, and awaken your senses. 

Life is (or should be) about touching our hearts, searching our souls, and wakening our senses. The pits are opportunities to become better individuals. If your bowl of cherries has too many pits, perhaps they need to be removed by changes you can make. More about this in the next blog.


  1. What a beautiful post and reminder, Karen, that there is good within the bad and lessons to be learned. I loved Sally’s book too. I wouldn’t trade any of my experience or knowledge in life. My hope is the love and examples become contagious to our souls. Thanks for this post.


    1. I would not trade any of my experiences either even though some were quite unpleasant or painful at the time. The deeper the wound, the greater the lesson to be learned. Thank you for sharing, Denise.


  2. A beautiful post, Karen. I love your optimism. And this is a lovely way to look at the quote. You truly are an inspiration and a role model. Thank you for sharing sweet friend!


  3. I loved Sally’s book as well, Karen. She has a beautiful way of capturing life through verse and stories — as do you! Thanks for sharing your review. 💗

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  4. Lovely reference to Sally’s work, Karen. And I love your take on the pits in our cherry bowls. Looking forward to your next post on the topic.

    And I’m with you… I wouldn’t trade being a mother for anything, pits and all.

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