I was relaxing on Friday evening, all stretched out and happy. My darling son, James (the 26 year old) decided to be an awesome son and make pancakes for supper, and discussed those plans with me.
“I have to run up to the corner store and get syrup. Then, I put syrup in the freezer for you so that it can be cold. See? You don’t even realize all of the little things I do for you to have YOUR pancakes,” James admitted. (I am a Very picky eater.)
“Thank you.” I added, “I love pancakes with cold syrup.”
“I know. But I don’t,” James said. If I use cold syrup, my pancakes get too cold too soon.”
I followed his comment with, “I don’t put all of the syrup on at one time, I like to put a little bit on a fraction of the pancakes, eat that section. Once those few bites are gone, I will put a little more syrup on another little fraction of pancakes. Then, I get cold syrup on every bite, and my pancakes don’t get soggy.” I smiled, thinking about how yummy his pancakes are! “I love how you overcook the edges, so they are crispy. And the middle is cooked enough. I don’t like them cakey in the middle, or mushy from butter and syrup.”
James responded, “I love them thick and cakey. I like to pour the syrup over top of the stack and let it sit and soak in for a few minutes. Then, when you take a bite, there is no syrup on the pancakes underneath, but the pancakes on top are saturated. It all works out in the end, and you end up with a perfect bite.”
I gasped. “Ew! I could not eat mushy pancakes. Yech.”
This is about the time when I looked at him, and he looked at me, and we both realized simultaneously how pitiful we were! I could not believe how much effort and focus we had invested in strategizing the perfect bite of pancakes…and they were JUST PANCAKES! Do we do this for every meal? DoIdo this for every meal? Is this healthy and normal?
I looked at James, shaking my head. “Bubba, if we spent even a fraction of our pancake strategizing time on positive things, just think of how much we could change the world!” HAHA we laughed.
But really, I was only half joking. I realized how much importance I put on food. Do you do this too?