I’m not sure it would have been his personal request but this is how we decided to start Father’s Day in our home.
A cool and refreshing lemon pudding that’s tasty enough to enjoy for dessert – any time of day! My husband is a big fan of citrus puddings, jams, jellies, tarts and desserts generally, so it seemed fitting to celebrate his day with this little spin on traditional pudding.
[Sidebar: when I mentioned to my husband that my friend Sandra (oooh that Sandra…) whipped up a batch of homemade fudge ice cream for her husband on father’s day, my hubby’s response was that he still liked my chia pudding best — smart man].
Our eldest son, a distance runner, introduced me to Chia Fresca about five years ago when he was 11-years-old. He had just read the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall which explores the world’s greatest distance runners and their secrets to success.
There is a passage in Born to Run dedicated to the wonderful power of iskiate– otherwise known as chia seed. The author speaks at great length about the nutritional value of chia and its long history as a revered, sacred food in Mexico.
“Chia was once so treasured, the Aztecs used to deliver it to their king in homage.
Aztec runners used to chomp chia seeds as they went into battle and the Hopis [tribe] fueled themselves on chia during their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific Ocean.”
After reading this passage, my son promptly grilled me about chia seed and then politely requested (or something like that) that we procure some on the double. And so a chia tradition was born in our home.
[Sidebar 2: Unlike the other 3 members in this family, I am not a natural runner (no matter how much chia I might consume). I bump and grind and fight for every inch. I also come with a long and well-practiced list of excuses should anyone care to listen to them. But the person who quietly listened and still managed to motivate me to get out there and prepare for my first 10K almost twenty years ago now, was my husband. On the days when I really (really) didn’t want to go out and join the jolly fellow on his regular runs, he would simply say “we’ll just go for ten minutes. If you’re done after ten minutes, we’ll come back, no questions asked.” Of course, every runner knows that getting out the door is the toughest part. Once you’re out there, it’s never ten minutes. Like I said, smart man].
This is the same patience, gentle persistence and wisdom he has brought to raising our sons. He’s our guy and he’s pretty awesome.
Cheers to all the great Dads, role models and mentors in our lives, past and present. You make a huge difference.