Some mothers seem to have been born with a gene that enables them to take ordinary moments and create special memories. Unfortunately, it’s missing from my DNA. I tend to focus on getting things done as quickly as possible, with as little mess as possible.
On Saturday night, however, my husband was away and I had a refrigerator shelf full of leftovers that needed to be eaten. My typical mode of heating the food and putting it on my daughters’ plates wouldn’t exactly have been remarkable!
I decided on setting up a buffet, knowing that my daughters would enjoy serving themselves as much – or as little -as they wanted. I pulled out some rarely-used trays for our food and my large blue goblets for our drinks.
Eating by candlelight is a frequent (though not always granted) request, so I closed the blinds and lit some candles in the dining room. I reheated the various foods, each in its own container, lining them up along the kitchen counter. Half a carton of cherry tomatoes went into a pretty glass bowl, a sliced peach lay neatly on a small cutting board.
The girls had been playing outside at a neighbor’s house; once all was ready, I called them inside. When my seven-year-old saw what I had arranged for our meal, her “Thank you, Mommy, oh, thank you!” made the few minutes spent tending to details and washing extra dishes totally worth it.
How do you turn the ordinary into something extraordinary?
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