Inquiries, insights, and imaginings from a small town girl who wants to do some good in this life.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Learning To Grow
It took me 40 years to begin filling out those annual forms to file my own taxes. Yes, I know. That's pretty bad. But you have to understand; I was not spoiled but rather well loved by a Mom who was a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant. I told myself she actually enjoyed doing my taxes for me each year. But two years ago I knew it was time for me to tackle that responsibility on my own. I was a little nervous but I did it.
And the Christmas before last, my parents unexpectedly could not come to our house for Christmas. So I knew it was up to me. I bought two pounds of ground pork and I called my sister. After getting the how to, I made the traditional Christmas morning creton by myself for the very first time. It wasn't half bad.
But I cannot master preparing my Mom's baked beans and I have failed at making Mom's onion dip. I've tried. I don't know what I am doing wrong with these two recipes! I also cannot successfully make her saucepan cookies. It's been a few years since I've even tried. I remember making them too soupy one time and cooking them too long and having them turn out dry and crumbly the next. Still, I vow to try again...someday. But in the meantime I'll continue making other cookies and buying Bush baked beans and the tub of onion dip they sell at the grocery store. Life goes on.
It is a strange thing at my age to be learning self-sufficiency in areas such as taxes and creton, but I suppose it's just proof that it's never too late to realize I still have a lot to learn. Someday I'll make the baked beans, onion dip and saucepan cookies. I've got time. I'll get there. It's never too late to learn to master certain recipes. And it's never too late to learn to grow up.