Slice of Life: Day 17
My son, and husband, have been asking me to make chocolate chip cookies for awhile now and today I knew I would have time. I had a late start at school so I was able to go to the store and get a big bag of chocolate chips and vanilla. Two essentials for our cookie recipe. I took the butter out of the fridge and looked forward to returning home with my son and baking.
Luke loves helping to bake. He is my scooper and scraper. He plunged the measuring cup into the flour as a plume of flour poofed out. I hold the cup as he takes the kitchen knife to level off the flour. He loves this part as flour gets pushed with reckless abandonment onto the counter. Our back and forth continues. Scoop, level. Scoop, level. Olivia looks on with giggles enjoying being in on the action. We get to the end of the ingredient list. Baking soda. Baking soda. Where’s the baking soda? Then it hits me. It’s sitting on my counter at school! Ugh. It’s sitting on the counter waiting to make a final batch of slime! Curse you slime! 1 teaspoon. 1 teaspoon is all I need. So minor, it seems so insignificant, but so essential to baking these cookies!
“What’s wrong Mommy?”
“Nothing. We’re going to stop and finish after dinner. Good job helping, buddy!”
He jumps down and scampers off none the wiser. Quick. I send an emergency text to my neighbor in search of 1 measly teaspoon! She responds she’ll be right over. Hallelujah. Crisis averted. Now, getting my neighbor to come over in the cold when it’s still technically winter is no easy feat. She hibernates during the winter and doesn’t come out until spring. But for us, correction, for my son who she calls her first grandchild, she’d do anything including coming out of hibernation early to brave the cold for 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Once again, our beloved neighbors save the day! I thank her for the lifeline and curse the slime one last time.
I go back inside, “Barb brought us baking soda!”
To which he replies, “Yeah!”
I couldn’t be more grateful for that 1 teaspoon and neighbor and the cookies that can now be enjoyed tonight!