Last evening we had a bread baking class in our home. Our new neighbor and her teen-aged daughter came over and we made bread, meal-in-one wraps, and cinnamon rolls together. (Recipes for basic breads posted on 2/21/2013.) Then we ate results of our labors in a shared meal. While the cooking was fun and the food was seriously tasty, my favorite bits were the unexpected moments. Having a young woman really talk to me about life, school, and goals is something which hasn’t happened since my children grew up and left home. Watching her mother’s face as she realized how much money she can save as she cooks from scratch was such fun; seeing how much her father enjoyed the food was even better. (We’ll be cooking more together as school gets out for the summer. I’m looking forward to that!)
Other unexpected events included our three-year-old grandson playing with their son, and keeping him busy. Our five-year-old grandson who struggles with focus spending 40 minutes on a book of word finds; I was blown away. Even the 16 month-old twins were enjoying the meal and visiting. It was surprisingly relaxing and we have a new family on the block who will be a tremendous boon to the neighborhood. Who knows? We may have just gained a baby-sitter, and willing hands for the garden.
The entire experience reminded me why we live in communities. We are here to serve, share, and find joy in each other! While I am not an extrovert by nature, I still feel gratitude when a sweet experience like this one happens.
May you have a great day filled with a pleasant surprise or two!