Baking Cookies—to Be Kind! (Feature Friday!)

A Year of Being Kind blog – Friday, December 12, 2014

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Baking Cookies—to Be Kind! (Feature Friday!)

It’s that time of year again.

My husband said just the other day, “It’s that time of year when our kitchen has been transformed into a cookie factory. In keeping with tradition, I have volunteered to serve as quality control, sampling each batch. It’s a thankless job, I tell ya.” (I told him he does a very good job of it, too.)

I have made Christmas cookies for years, to give away as presents. Just like my mom.

My mother, Dolores, was a champion at baking. (Cooking, too. But I’m not going to talk about that right now.) Sadly, she died more than ten years ago, but I still remember her superb Christmas cookies. As much as my husband talks about my Christmas cookie baking, I was a mere beginner compared to my mother. Her cookies were amazing.

She used to deliver them to her friends, co-workers, and to our neighbors. She would give them as presents, and bring them to our relatives at holiday times. They always appreciated them. (And, thought the cookies were delicious, too.)

My mother was so creative, in so many ways. I’d like to remember her creativity—in baking Christmas cookies. Butterballs, chocolate raspberry sandwiches, thimble cookies, and, of course, cocoa drops. She made other cookies, other years, but those were always in the mix, as long as I can remember. Sweet memories—in several ways.

Sure, my mother definitely had a mind of her own. Sure, my mother was loving and giving. And sure—my mother gave away a lot of cookies.

It’s good to remember. Remember my mom, and remember her wonderful Christmas cookies. Remember how loving and giving she was.

@chaplaineliza

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Abundance of Everything? How Kind!

A Year of Being Kind blog – Monday, October 6, 2014

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Abundance of Everything? How Kind!

I got an invitation several weeks ago, out of the clear blue sky. It was addressed to me as the pastor of St. Luke’s Church. Wow! How unexpected. What a surprise, too. Invited to the grand opening of an upscale food store. The food store is going to open tomorrow, so Sunny (the church office manager) and I went to the open house and grand dinner and opening tonight. What a festive, fun occasion!

Almost everyone had lovely clothes. Evening wear, fancy dress, even outrageous shoes. Lots to watch! Including texters. There was a jazz trio, and a singer joined them after a short while to entertain all the people while they enjoyed hors d’oeurves for almost an hour. (Yes, I did partake of some of the delectable goodies. Just didn’t eat like there was no tomorrow, cramming my face into them.) The appetizers were marvelous, and then, there was more, on top of that. How kind! And the wait staff? Extra kind and helpful, to everyone at the event.

Isn’t this like so many instances in life? You and I can be blithely going along, things pretty good, nothing to complain about. But then, something wonderful happens. Something happy, surprised or scared. A great number of people I’ve spoken with say, “yes, that’s happened to me, too!” That’s when life happens, in all of its surprising ways. Good things happen. Accidental things happen. Surprising things happen. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. But the unexpected almost always manages to make an appearance.

And then, after the cutting of the ribbon, and declaring the store open? Then, all the guests went to another part of the store for dinner. Delicious food, tastefully presented, a number of food stations. All the wait staff so helpful and pleasant. What’s not to like?

The evening was delightful, in all kind of ways! I enjoyed myself so much.

@chaplaineliza

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