I’ve gotten so caught up in day-to-day life that I seem to have become more focused on the getting things done rather than taking the time to really SEE things. You know what I mean – getting up, getting breakfast, getting ready for work, getting the kids to school, getting to work, getting your work done, getting home, getting dinner ready, getting the kids to bed, getting to bed yourself so you can get up and get to getting the next day. I’ve been so busy getting, that I failed to realize the last few baby things in our house were almost gone. Sure the diapers, bottles, and cribs have been long gone, but realizing the baby monitors were still up made me see that the baby era is quickly fleeting. It’s a hard pill to swallow realizing my baby is now 3 and referring to himself as a “big boy.” He does “big boy” things like brushing his own teeth and putting his dirty clothes in the hamper. It’s all made me realize we all need to work harder at SEEING and focus less on the getting things done. Time is passing us by quickly without any reverence for our lives. It doesn’t pay attention to what we’ve got going on. We’ve got to stop waiting for things to happen and just MAKE them happen.
Monday night we were sitting at the table eating dinner when a light rain came up. Looking out into the rain, I realized that my kid had no idea what it was like to play in the rain. I grabbed the opportunity to snatch him up and run out and play in the rain with him. We played until the sun went down. I hope I can burn that time in my memory so that I can remember every detail – what he was wearing, the way he laughed, the look in his eyes. I’m so glad I took the time to do that and to be a little silly with him. I know that I will have other opportunities like this, if I make time for them. But I also know that as the years pass, those opportunities will grow fewer. I just hope I have the wisdom to SEE these types of opportunities when they present themselves…
Y’all this is probably my favorite cobbler recipe. And I’ll admit that it’s pretty sweet, that’s why it’s good to cut the sweet with a little vanilla ice cream. ~snickers~
- 1 lb fresh strawberries
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 3/4 cup butter (1 stick plus 1/2 stick), divided
- 1 cup brown sugar
- Wash and slice strawberries, discarding tops.
- Combine strawberries, orange juice, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium pot and heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
- In another bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), cut together. (I used a pastry blender, but a large fork will work fine, too.) Spread on top of strawberries.
- Soften 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) and mix with 1 cup brown sugar. Drop into dollops on top of flour mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour, or until golden and bubbly. Serve with vanilla ice cream.