(Note from 2019: Here’s another one of my original posts. This one is from 2014.)
So, lately, we’ve been under a lot of stress, and as I write that I feel guilty because I look around me and see that I am actually one of the “lucky” ones. There is so much going on in the world right now that is absolutely terrible… But, as much as humans can be ugly, ignorant, violent creatures we can also be strong, heroic and magnanimous. So, I know, that somewhere in the midst of every tragedy around the globe there are tons of people who are gloriously “fighting the good fight” – bravely looking ahead and standing for goodness and beauty in the midst of their suffering. They are reflectors of God’s light in this world and I thank God that people of such caliber are here with us in this slightly tamed chaos we call life.
Of course, all that being said, and as guilty as I feel admitting my own hardships, it doesn’t mean my stress isn’t real. Stress is stress. Pain is pain. And it’s a blessing to have those moments of fun that give your soul a moment to rest.
I enjoy cooking sometimes to relax. Last Christmas we were given a waffle maker and exchanged it for a crêpe maker. I haven’t used it all year but last night I decided to make a recipe for roasted peach crêpes that I found on Pinterest. My mother was taking care of our son, and my husband had an errand to run, so I had the place to myself. It was lovely!
I considered having Sabrina (1954), with Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart on in the background as I cooked. It’s my favorite movie and since I was making a French dish and Hepburn does travel to France in the film for cooking lessons it seemed appropriate. However, I decided I was more in the mood for something mindless, safe and pleasant. So, I turned on the Home Shopping Network. They were selling purses and their uniquely cheerful yet paradoxically calm banter was perfect.
As a side-note, honestly, I’ve always found watching that channel relaxing, even if I don’t have any intention of buying what they’re selling. Those shopping channels are like the anti-news, in my opinion. They are blatantly trying to “sell you something” instead of covertly doing so while also being totally focused on being upbeat but mellow. It’s fake but it’s fun.
This week as my husband progresses in the interview/hiring process we’ll be making a lot of decisions pertaining to our future. I intend to pray, run, drink tea and eat a few crêpes…