I saw the movie on Saturday…LOVED IT! As some of you know I love to cook. Baking especially, but that’s not the reason I loved the movie so much. I loved that both women found a passion, looked closely at that passion and went with it…I couldn’t help digging through my own love of cooking a bit. Why, I wondered, do I love it so much?
Cooking brings back some of the happiest memories of my past. One summer evening when I was about 7, I remember bounding through the kitchen door after a full day of riding my bike and playing at my friend’s house. There was this amazing smell. Meaty and a little spicy. There on the counter, all in a gorgeous row were bright green stuffed peppers hot out of the oven. I don’t remember what else we had but this overwhelming sense of well being filled every little inch of me.
As someone who has difficulty with roughly a million thoughts an hour, one reason I love baking is because I get completely lost in the order and rhythm. Sifting dry ingredients until they’re fine and powdery, creaming soft butter and sugar with a splash of gold-brown vanilla somehow effortlessly corrals all my scattered thoughts and I live precisely in that moment. And really, who wants to be anywhere else but in the moment when a nibble of a hot chocolate chip cookie is melting all across your tongue ?
And cooking brings me hopes for the future too. Could I perhaps pass along a love for cooking that may keep my family gathering around a table long after I’m gone. Could I instill a love for baking that would keep my girls mixing and frosting like crazy through the holidays and decorating sugar cookies with their own kids?
What about you, what do you love to do? Photography, exercise, reading, writing, teaching? Have you ever taken a moment to think about why you love to do what you do? Please tell!