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Food

July 12, 2011

Thinking back on favorite treats

What is your favorite treat? Think about it.

When I was a “sapling,” my favorite treat was going to Grandma’s house. No matter when I went there or how busy she was, she always took time just for me. We did everything together ... important things like feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, cooking supper, hanging clothes on the clothesline, gathering firewood, picking flowers, working in the garden. Real important things like that! I now know those things weren’t done just for my joy, pleasure and entertainment, but were things that had to be done daily. Grandma just made them seem like fun things just for me. How fortunate I was to have such a grandma. A favorite treat!

When you read this, I will be entertaining three young grand-nieces in the same way I was entertained back when I was their age. We will straighten the garage. We will cook for Uncle Jim. We will make recipe boxes and copy Aunt Peggy’s recipes. We will have pedicures and probably get designs on our big toenails. We will have “high tea” with old family china and cupcakes and cucumber sandwiches.  We will shop for a new school outfit. We will learn how to play 500 Rummy. We will do whatever our little hearts desire and have a wonderful time.

When we were planning this “vacation” treat for them, their mothers wanted to come too because they remembered how much fun we used to have when they were young ladies and spent days or weeks with  us. They will have a spa day soon with just the grown-ups, but it will be for only a day since they have families to think about.

For some people, taking a vacation is a special treat they plan for and look forward to all year. They put everything into those special days or weeks. Whether they camp, sightsee, visit relatives or friends or go to the beach, they are enjoying a  real treat of getting away.

Shopping is an exceptional treat for some. They look forward to a shopping trip like others do a vacation. Whether they shop for clothes, antiques or housewares, they love it.

There are people who wait their entire lives to attend a special sports event. They plan and purchase the tickets early. Nothing stands in the way of that special time. Everything rotates around that special treat.

A quiet evening at home can be a real treat after a very hectic day or during this terribly hot weather. It is great just to relax and be comfortable where all is peaceful and serene. Those days are all too few and far between, so they are a special treat. Sometimes we have to steal time for those quiet moments of reflection to read or watch television or just do nothing at all.

I can remember when we used to to to the grocery store or drug store or filling station with Daddy, and the owner or clerk would give us kids a stick of candy or a sucker in appreciation of our purchase. Boy, now that was a real treat. Nowadays we can have all the candy or suckers we want, but they don’t taste like those treats back then.

There are people who are a treat every time we see them. They bring so much joy into our lives. Just being with them is uplifting.

Our two “boys” were just transferred from Vance Air Force Base to continue their Marine flight training elsewhere. They were just a pleasure to be around when they were stationed here. We saw them often.We miss them already, but we have another young Marine or two in the wings to fill that awful hole they left when they moved. We look forward to more “treats” with them in our home.

Every one of us is special and deserves a treat now and then. We owe it to ourselves to break out of the ordinary and have a special occasion or manicure or trip or dinner out. We are better people when we spoil ourselves with something extraordinary and unusual.

Sometimes we just need to extend ourselves and create something routine into a special treat. When Jim goes to his exercise rehab, it could be a mundane, dull time. But it isn’t by any stretch of the imagination.  We are greeted and welcomed and spoiled and truly enjoy the time on the machines or treadmill. Every Tuesday they have a cooking school with treats and recipes for all of us. We learn tricks to help us be healthier and make life more enjoyable. One special class was about hummus.   I had tasted it but never prepared it. It is easy. We loved it. We came right home and made up a batch and ate it all that evening. What a treat! And it is good for us, too!

When I was a kid, we worked hard, but we played hard too. When we had finished our required task, whether it was painting a gate or  working in the garden, we got to do something fun, like make cookies or candy or something delicious. Funny, how we remember the treats much more vividly than we do those chores. I loved these special treats:

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