I feel as though an update is in order.  Today, as I begin this post, it has been many weeks since I last sat down to write.  During this whole time, words have been swirling through my head.  Words that I hope will provide some kind of light on this unknown path.

After my parents’ deaths, I began to reflect on what I hope will influence the rest of my life.  Things like generosity, trust, empathy, joy, and grace.  And each day, I have made a point of taking a few moments to consciously affirm these intentions…to myself and to the Universe.  And while I think they all are equally important, two have been in the forefront of my mind recently – opportunity and surrender.

I know that I have missed out on seeing many opportunities because I have been too focused on being in control.  Of discussions.  Of situations.  Of people.  And if I would only pull back and surrender that need to control the world around me, so many more opportunities would present themselves.  So while that’s been knocking around in my head, the Universe has indeed given me chances to put words into action.

I have been presented with opportunities to practice surrender.  And what I find interesting is the different ways in which each one achieves that.  I see them as ways to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.  Something that I may or may not end up being good at.  But that will allow me to stretch and grow and redefine how I see myself…both in and out of the kitchen.  I will be sharing those experiences with you here and promise that regardless of the bumps in this road, I’m still here cooking.

It’s hard to go back to writing about butter and sugar and bacon in such a lighthearted way after all of the turmoil that I have felt and still feel.  But there are words to say and recipes to share.

17 thoughts on “Words

    1. Gail, you always bring a smile to my face. Can’t wait to see you and J next summer and indulge in some #8secondhugs…and a box of wine.

  1. Wendi, I love hearing about your non-kitchen life. Butter and sugar are great, but hearing about your thoughts and feelings and your life is wonderful. I love your vulnerability, and how your blogging has become an opportunity to voice that.

    1. Jenna, so much of my life translates into the kitchen narrative that sometimes it’s hard to take the food out of the writing. But at other times, like this, I have to.

  2. two things that have been here since the basement of time….words and cooking. all the other shit we learned somehow along the way. peace, love, empathy kiddo…
    child of the sixties.

    1. You know Papa, when you think about how much we weigh down our lives with unnecessary crap, it boggles the mind. Hoping to be able to shed some of that.

      1. amen sista….you’ll be amazed at, later in life, some of the things that you thought you had shed were just buried in those brain folds.

  3. I’m sorry I didn’t get here sooner, I usually read your blog every day. I got caught up in life and skipped a couple days. Still, I want you to know that I support you, and that I love reading what you write, whether it’s about bacon, death, life, or butter. It’s all good. I can’t imagine what it was like for you to lose both of your parents in such a short period of time, but I wish you the best of luck in processing it. I know you’ll come through stronger, more balanced, and every bit as sweet as you always have been.

    1. Jacki, it’s definitely uncharted territory for me right now..trying to honor all that I am feeling but not letting it prevent me from living. Thank you for allowing me to show the not so light and fluffy side of life.

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