Letting children explore and experience life unfettered from parental supervision can be unnerving… especially when your kids are hot wires…like mine. I can’t help but wonder what reflection of my parenting they will project when I’m not around?
Well three weeks ago, I got my chance to find out. Grandma and Grandpa asked to take our 8-year-old with them on a 10-day trip to Houston to spend time with his cousins. TEN DAYS! Who knows what manner of chaos could unravel in 10 days without mom or dad! So we did what any parents would do, we packed his bag, gave him a kiss and said goodbye.
That’s not what most parents would do?
Oh well, me march to a different drum around here.
He had a blast while he was gone. So much fun in fact that he wouldn’t be bothered to call and let his parents know what he was up to. I was certain he had forgotten all about us. My fears were put to rest when I ran to give him a hug when he got home. He hugged me back and then promptly handed me a recipe card, “Mom, will you help me make this for breakfast tomorrow?” Ahhh, he hadn’t forgotten about me. And of everything I’ve tried to teach him, it was my love for all things kitchen that he projected while we were apart, and I’m ok with that.
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Puree strawberries and sugar in a blender.
- Pour puree into a heatproof container (a mason jar) and then warm the container in a pot of boiling water. (if you have a Blendtec, apparently you can puree and heat all at once.)
- Serve syrup over your favorite breakfast bread or over ice cream or smothered on a slice of warm bread…the possibilities are endless.
Source: Amy-Jo, family file