Death Becomes Her

All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity. - William Shakespeare

Today we suffered a tragic loss. Our time with her was short, but precious. She was a beauty from the start. She flowered early and produced two beautiful offspring that we enjoyed for dinner on two separate occasions. But then her leaves yellowed, and it was clear her health was suffering. Tonight, as I held her long branches in my hands, she let go. Dear Courgette, we’ll miss you.

She left behind three of her young, their lives cut far too short without her guiding strength. And since they were never able to bloom and grow, I took them home and art instead of dinner.

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Sarah Copeland is a food and lifestyle expert, and the author of Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for Any Eater and Every Appetite, and The Newlywed Cookbook. She is the Food Director at Real Simple magazine, and has appeared in numerous national publications including Saveur, Health, Fitness, Shape, Martha Stewart Living and Food & Wine magazines. As a passionate gardener, Sarah's Edible Living philosophy aims to inspire good living through growing, cooking and enjoying delicious, irresistible whole foods. She thrives on homegrown veggies, stinky cheese and chocolate cake. Sarah lives in New York with her husband and their young daughter.