Wonder and Possibility and What If
October 24, 2013
Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Spent last week running the kids to and from play practice and debate meets and once they got home for a short stretch of hours, we set about carving pumpkins and sweeping leaves off the walks (not enough have fallen for raking) and relaxing with popcorn and hot chocolate in the cool of the evening. It was a lovely day, lovely weekend. Haven't seen much of the kids since Monday, and won't again for a while, but they're enjoying being young and that's pretty great.
I enjoyed being young. I think what I liked so much about it I wasn't able to see then. But I can see it now. I had innocence. I took risks. I didn't have to pay taxes. I could eat just about anything I wanted. I could stay up all night and not suffer much the next day. I said things like, "Hey we should make the biggest snowman in town" and then we did it. I made Christmas gifts for my parents, and I thought $17 was a large amount of cash. I danced in my bedroom almost every evening for a year to "Put the Lime in the Coconut", and I tried out for plays and went on bike rides with my mom and wrote notes to my teachers telling them how wonderful they were. I jumped off the bridge into the river on County Road D, and I climbed trees.
Mostly it was about risks, small and large. The kind of risks that are about wonder and possibility and what if. Whimsy, maybe. Seems something happens as we get older, and we don't do that so much anymore. After years of paying bills and insurance issues and cleaning up messes and car trouble, it's difficult to say, "Why not rake up all the leaves and jump in them?"
It's important to remember, no matter how busy the life, the young person we each once were, and have a little fun now and then. Fun. Like staying up too late. Or having a chocolate malt for dinner. Throwing a surprise party for no reason, or climbing the water tower and waving to the world. Well, you know what I'm sayin'.
Here's one easy peasy lemon squeezy recipe anyone can make and it's dang good this time of year. Appetizer, after school snack, main dish -- you decide.
Grape Jelly Meatballs
1 jar chili sauce
1 cup grape jam (most recipes call for jelly, but jam holds its own a bit better)
1 package frozen meatballs (I use Simek's), or make your own
Mix first two ingredients.
Place meatballs in a 2½ qt saucepan and pour sauce over.
Simmer 'til the people show up.
Recipe doubles easily.