So far so good, right?
“The costume parade is a chance for the director and the costume committee to see what the costumes look like and make any needed additions or changes.”
He wouldn’t have… He couldn’t have…
Two gentle email inquiries later, and then (every mom’s fear), this confirming reply:
“Your son should have brought home a complete costume outline for you over a month ago.”
Is that right.
Of all the charms and gifts our youngest may be endowed with, passing along school communications is not his strong suit.
But perhaps most stunning is the way he handled it all with a calm and grace that was positively disarming. Because, let me tell you, the fur was flying. In his characteristic way, he reassured me (by text) that I didn’t have to worry about a thing. No. All was under control and that he had been ‘quietly’ gathering his costume and had ‘planned’ on talking to me about the ‘finishing touches’ tonight or tomorrow night. Then, the coup de grâce, he arrives home with a giant almond-studded dark chocolate bar for his mom. (The little bugger played me like a fiddle).
But wait, it gets better.
Fast forward to the weekend and I’m quietly fretting because my husband and I are heading to San Jose to catch a hockey game, our eldest is out of town for the weekend and that means our youngest has to travel home from his evening rehearsal by himself.
Well, I must have gone over the safety protocols once too often because he eventually sat me down and asked if we could do a mindful meditation together (I kid not. He’s taking a mindfulness class in grade 8 – how great is that?).
I studied Buddhism for four years (spot the difference) but nothing could have prepared me for the tenderness of this moment.
He asked me to close my eyes and locate my breath. This, he explained, was my ‘anchor’ “now take a few deep breaths from your anchor and feel yourself starting to relax. If you find that your thoughts start to wander, that’s ok, you can notice that but then just bring your thoughts back to your anchor and continue.
And if you start worrying at the game tonight mom, just find your anchor and start breathing again.”
I still can’t get over how these simple and unconventional ingredients come together to create a legitimate cookie! Soft and springy on the outside, moist, dense and fudgy on the inside. Magic.
I’ve come across many flourless cookie recipes that are held together by 2 and 3 cups of sugar, which seems a little counter-productive, so it’s especially nice to know that these are made up of healthful ingredients with only 3 Tbsp of added sugar in the entire batch! Two of these cookies (a snack sized serving) supplies more protein than an egg. And guess what? You won’t be disappointed with the taste either. They are *so* yummy.
Please read the Nutrition and Cooking Notes for options and best results.