The fleeting moments of childhood are everywhere I turn. Yesterday they came in the form of a dessert stand after dinner. Usually even before I’ve finished chewing my first bite the ever tormenting question comes flying at me from one of my sweets-loving children, “What’s for dessert?” I wish I always had one ready. I wish it was exciting every evening. But in truth, I dread dessert. It’s so hard to please everyone. For the first week following Halloween and Easter, dessert is easy. “Just choose one candy from your bucket,” I say. They seem very pleased and I feel like I just wiggled my way out of dessert preparations. But then I throw away all of their candy and I am left making dessert again.
As we were eating dinner yesterday Willow calls out with a burst of excitement, “I can make my dessert stand tonight!” Now, this in no way keeps me from having to prepare dessert. But I did get to see them all run around, setting up tables and chairs and pillows, getting their stand all ready to sell dessert to me. It was fantastic.
I also didn’t have to actually make anything. I just got it ready and they did all the work.
S’mores! We had s’mores….over the stove, but they were still a yummy treat. And they tasted even yummier having been made by those sweet little hands. Sure, they cost me a dollar, but I also got a dollar in change which seemed fair.