Catching up after being on vacation is more work than it was to get ready for the trip. People who haven’t been able to contact me for a week are vying for calendar space. My email inbox is full and snail mail has backed up too. I find that having a blackberry mitigates some of the catch up but regardless, there’s a lot to do upon return. I’ve worked late a couple of nights this week but that make things more hectic as I run from the office to the little league field to violin lessons and then home to get homework done and everyone fed. Last night I threw in the towel and ordered a pizza.
Tonight when I rushed in, I noticed a foil covered casserole dish on the counter. My first thought was that the kids made brownies after school but upon closer inspection, I realized that not only was it not my dish but someone had made a lovely egg and green chili casserole and left it there. What a treat! I felt the dinner tension escape me like air from a ruptured inner tube. It even gave me a few minutes to take a walk.
And I walked with a smile on my face. This was such an incredibly kind gesture and such a gift to a busy working mom. It caused me to think about how long it has been since I’ve done a random act of kitchen kindness for someone else. Sure we invite friends over to eat periodically but it’s been a while since I’ve just shown up somewhere and plopped down a meal or at least a dish. Truly this doesn’t take a great deal of planning and the added bonus is that since we’ve been away, our CSA has backed up and we have an abundant refrigerator. So now, with a brief family discussion, we’ll identify someone who might benefit from an evening off in the kitchen. And, I’m certain there are many other ways that we can deliver a few random acts.
When was the last time that you did something for someone without having a reason? When is the next time?
- 4 Tbs flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tbs melted butter
- 1/4 lb grated cheese (I prefer Monterrey Jack but Swiss or Mozzarella will work)
- 4 green chilis, roasted, peeled and chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste