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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: A Lesson in Flour
By Beth Rowlett
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It was just one week before Christmas and the "to do" list seemd to strech into the New Year. With a house to clean, cards to write, presents to wrap and endless parties, there seemed little time to slow down and enjoy the quieter moments of the season.
In the midst of all the holiday chaos, a tiny two year old emerged in my kitchen. The great, yet frustrating part of two years olds is that they demand your attention. She didn't care about unfinished lists or unadorned Christmas packages. She wanted just a small piece of my time to be indulged on her and her infinite imagination.
So rather than finishing the task of making the kitchen counter tops shine, we decided to make them utterly messy instead. With one sweet smile she managed to convince me to pull out the large mixing bowl and the wooden spoon that was just right for her tiny hands. Dreams of sqeaky clean dishes began to be replaced by faces and hands covered with flour and bits of cookie dough. Together we excitedly picked out which cookie cutters to use as we made dozens and dozens of Christmas shaped confections.
After an hour of playing in the kitchen, I found that my anxious heart had been softened by sugar crystals and sprinkles. One look at that icing faced sweetheart told me that my decision had been correct.
What a sweet reminder that day had been. While there were certainly things that demanded my attention, none was more important than the need to fulfill her little heart.
I wish I could say that I always choose the best. As a mom I must acknowledge my humanity. So many days my mile long lists and imagined standards take precidence over what matters most. But on that particular day, the nudging of the Spirit called me to pay attention to something, and someone, better.
A day baking in the kitchen may seem like a mundane thing to most, but if you look just a 1/2 cup deeper you may see an invaluable lesson. Sometimes it takes a cup of flour and one giant smile to remind you of the more important things in life.
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