Today is one of those days where I’m acutely aware that I’ll never be a champion quidditch player, or a teen model. Today, I’m reminded that I am absolutely, positively, average.
The amazing thing is that average people accomplish amazing things every day. Average, everyday people are more often than not the ones who are the most exceptional. That is, essentially, what makes something exceptional, is it not? If the exceptional was the average, nothing would be special.
Yesterday, I watched a baseball coach lovingly and patiently steer my son, who was having a particularly bad day. He needed the extra reminders and guidance, and she was there with a calm tone, and gentle hand to guide him back on course.
I was often that child that needed the calm voice and gentle hand, and in the nineties, they simply weren’t as plentiful. They’re still rather unusual, and I still see disgusting ecards like this.
I’m still struck by how many people see active kids, kids who have a serious inability to stay focused, and assume stupid shit like this.
Perhaps that’s why when I see the opposite, I am filled with such hope. Hope for which I am extremely grateful, because I’m oft fraught with worry that the emotional upheaval I faced in school will be re-played in my son’s life, and it’ll be my fault for passing on my crappy genes.
I get myself tied in knots upon knots, held fast in some sort of stygian worry. Yet, all it takes is one gesture to remind me that, in general, people are good. People want to help.
Just a few days ago, a woman in a school near Atlanta, talked down yet another crazy and over-armed white dude intent on mass murder. One woman saved the lives of countless innocent children. What a gift that woman is.
Yesterday, my best friend, BroadwayBaby, was given the gift of twins via a surrogate. They’re beautiful and healthy and perfect, and the nurses in the NICU couldn’t be more wonderful and gentle. (the babies are also BLONDE! BORN that way. I have two bi-racial babies and I am floored when my friends bring back little pink things. All I can think is “well, damn! that’s a pale baby!”)
Ordinary people do extraordinary things, and it makes life that much more beautiful, and fills me with so much gratitude.
I am grateful for the coach who helped my son through a rough game, and to that magic twitter person who told me how to untangle my daughter’s Dora hair. Because, that shit seemed impossible.
I’m convinced that nylon doll hair is made of long strands of sentient superglue, and is bespelled to feed upon the frustrations of parents.
Today’s recipe is delicious, but I’m not making miracles. Simply shoving veg back into diets.
Very Veggie Banana Muffins
Very Veggie Banana Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-18 minutes
Keywords: bake appetizer bread breakfast dessert
Ingredients (24 muffins)
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1 overripe banana
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs or 6 tbsp liquid egg whites
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 individual container of Chobani 0% pear yogurt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
preheat oven to 375F
mash banana and add wet ingredients to the banana mash
sift in flour and leaveners
pour into muffin cups, (lined) 1/2 full
bake 15-17 minutes