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You Never Know What Moment Will be a Golden One

August 16, 2013

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Spent the evening getting ready for my niece and nephew who spent a good part of the week with us. They're younger than my kids, the ages where coloring and decorating cookies shaped like dogs and suns, and watching Disney movies are the most fun things, so that is what we did. It was relaxing mostly, and there was a walk or two in there, and quite a lot of laughter and a mild admonition now and then: either you simmer, or we'll have to have a major Time Out. I forgot how good it feels when the bedtime of children rolls around and the wild moments of the day fade into a few whispers and questions in the dark.

School starts in just over two weeks, and I have to admit the feelings are quite mixed. Every year about this time for the last decade or so I've had this great relief when September appears out of nowhere and school starts and there is suddenly silence in the house for great stretches of the day. It's almost embarrassing to admit how wonderful it felt each year on those first few days.

With the kids older now, and slowly making their way Away, I'm still looking forward to school, but I'm paying a bit more attention to time these last few weeks of summer vacation, savoring the moments that will not long from now fade into future deja vu. I'm thinking of the late night grocery trip with all three kids when we came home with four kinds of fruit we've never before eaten; the long road trip to Grandma and Grandpa's cabin and how we sang "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Blurred Lines" at the top of our lungs; how many times we made deep fried cream cheese garlic wontons in three months; all of us falling asleep in the family room after watching "The Godfather"; inventing our version of homemade barbecued chicken pizza, or how bad those fish tacos were. A few campfires. Hiking with Mr. Sundberg. The unusual number of rashes. The rollercoasters.

Thing I've found is, you never know what moment will be a golden one til long after you're in it. Could be our outing for school supplies today. Could be whatever happens tonight. School is not long off, so put away your iPods and cell phones. If your kids are grown, gather your grandchildren together. Take a walk. Make dinner together. Have a conversation. Get some paint in bright colors and some white paper and hand paint a mural of Life. Together.

Though not everyone is a fan of cucumbers, these sandwiches are surprisingly good. They're light and filling and perfect for these hot August afternoons when turning on the oven is just not an option.

Cool Cucumber Sandwiches

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 pkg dry Ranch dressing mix
1 loaf white bread, crusts removed (or a baguette works, too)
1-2 T milk
1 cucumber, peeled if you wish, and sliced thin

Mix the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix, adding milk as needed to make it easy to spread. Depending on how much time you want to spend on these, you can just spread slices of bread w/ cream cheese mixture, cut in quarters and top with cucumber slices. The kids like to cut circles out of the bread, then spread w/ cream cheese mixture and top with cucumbers. If I'm using a baguette, I just slice, spread, top. For color, you can add a strip of red pepper or pimento, or a sprinkle of paprika.

Enjoy!

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