This week half of my children (the older two) are gone, leaving my husband and I with the two younger ones. Any time a contingency of our brood is missing, the shift in the dynamics is strange and feels very odd. It reminded me how we get enmeshed in our current reality and forget their might ever be something different.
I had a conversation with a mother this week who has an infant and two toddlers. We were talking, and I mentioned something about going on a walk through my neighborhood early in the morning. She got this look of wonder and longing on her face and wondered aloud how in the world I manage to have time for that kind of thing.
With kindness and empathy, I looked at her, grabbed her shoulder and spoke the truth that I know to be true. You do yourself a disservice when you compare your circumstances to someone else's, particularly in regards to where you find yourself in the parenting journey. She was comparing her "in-the-trenches" season with my "over-the-hump" season, and we could not be in more different stages of life. She is nursing a newborn while wrangling toddlers. I am working full time with children that are old enough to stay home alone.
I was reminded this week how quickly things can shift in our seasons. What seems impossible (a walk alone through the neighborhood in the early morning) quickly becomes possible with only the passing of a handful of years.
Currently, I wonder if there will ever be a season where my husband and I don't feel like Uber drivers. I trust that with enough time, that day will arrive too. In the mean time, I will enjoy this week with two not-so-little littles.
Did you know bourbon is made from corn? That makes it a vegetable, right? Just kidding.
The best bourbon cocktail I know is a Whiskey Sour. It's basically grown-up lemonade, and if you've never had the real thing made with fresh juice, you've never really experienced the full potential of this highly drinkable concoction.
Does it get any more iconic? Ray, alone in the corn fields, hearing voices, following his heart and finally making peace with his deceased father.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
This movie hit the charts when I was in seventh grade, and I remember being so incredibly wowed by the story. Chills and goosebumps abounded. What makes this movie great is that thirty years later, it still delivers.
Grab some popcorn (so thematic!), cozy up on the couch, and watch the magic happen in the corn fields all over again.
Don't worry. I'm not interested in stirring up a controversy about corn syrup. But I am interested in providing helpful tools that might allow all of us to make educated, well-informed decisions about the food we eat.
As it goes, extremes and the philosophies behind extremes, are rarely entirely true. This is true with corn syrup.
I found this article to be helpful from a culinary standpoint as well as providing a foundational understanding of what corn syrup is and what it's not. If you read the article, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Larry Boy by Shux via Veggie Tales
REALLY reaching here. Do you remember Veggie Tales? I truly adore children's programing that is written knowing parents will get a kick out of the references (looking at you, Sesame Street), and Veggie Tales does this so well. This song is the theme song for Larry Boy, and it is sung by a corn band named Shux. Punny and perfect.
CORN FUN FACTS
Corn will always have an even number of rows.
With the exception of Antarctica, every continent on the planet produces corn.
On average, an ear of corn has 800 kernels and 16 rows.
This is a purely practical shopping suggestion, but if you do not own a set of corn holders, I suggest adding them to your kitchen tool kit. It's almost impossible to enjoy corn on the cob without them.
The thing I like about this specific set is the way they interlock for easy storing.
Ready for some corn-y jokes?
Why did the scarecrow win an award?
Because he was outstanding in his field.
What lights up a soccer field?
A soccer match.
Why shouldn't you write with a broken pencil?
Because it's pointless.
Are you chuckling? Me too. Punny jokes are fun.