I am so tired of cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and chopped pecans! Ordinarily, I don’t bake, but once a year I bring out my grandmother’s recipes and spend hours in the kitchen, waiting for the thirteen-minute oven timer intervals. Some of you may know what I am talking about… I am so thankful that our kitchen overlooks the family room’s television, and that I have a remote control that is able to pause!
My grandmother was the type of grandmother everyone should have. She loved us, spent quality time with us, stressed the importance of character, never criticized us, encouraged us to read, and baked the best cookies (among other things) from scratch. She was my particular anchor while growing up. My father’s job had us living in several states, South America, and Europe. And, my grandmother’s house in Iowa was the place I always thought of as "home"…
I have found myself thinking about her a lot these past few weeks. I happened to be "channel surfing" the television one day when I saw a few minutes of a show that was devoted to the "take some time out to smell the roses" types of themes. One of the questions of this particular show was: If you had to pick someone from your life who you would want to spend a whole day with, who would that be?" Since watching that show I have given that question a lot of thought…. Would it be a favorite mentor of mine, a favorite friend, a favorite family member, etc.? With whom would I choose to spend the entire day? (The show’s topic only included people who are no longer living, but I have expanded on that theme…)
I haven’t yet been able to narrow it down to just one person… instead I have several who are on my list of people I have known (know) who I would love to spend an entire, uninterrupted day with… Thinking about this particular topic has left me smiling many times as I remember all of the people who have given me so much happiness.
Hmmmm… I believe I have gotten quite a bit off-topic while typing up this blog… But, let’s face it, thinking about loved ones is better than complaining about thirteen-minute timers, and rolling cookies in powdered sugar!