A day may be perfect, but we aren’t

Archived | June 25, 2012 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It had been a lovely summer day in a good stretch of warm and perfect sunny days. And today is another. Seems, though, that ol’ reliable Balance has kicked in as it does by nature, and in nature. A day may be perfect, but we aren’t, and there are the small things to contend with which may or may not hamper our progress through a given day.
Sunburn is one, and we all have it right now, and the bottle of aloe vera gel is half empty. Not unmanageable, but really. First it’s the shivers, then the peel. There have been a few large headaches, too, which spring out of nowhere and send us snapping at each other, or moaning on the coach. Perhaps they are from the switch from hot weather to inside cool; perhaps it’s being in close proximity to family after a scattered school year. Perhaps we miss winter… And then there are the bugs which bite, and the wind which dries us out and the mysterious rashes which rise up from our skin like maps of a sub dermal world.
The bonus here? We have to take care of each other, so we’re doing a lot more touching. We rub sunscreen on each other’s backs, then aloe vera twelve hours later. We give head massages, neck rubs, and foot rubs, and we wrap each other in light blankets in the cool of the living room. We apply peroxide and salve, bandaids and tape, bug spray and antibiotics and zinc oxide. We hose each other down when it gets too hot, and, on a perfect day not to far off, someone’s back will begin to peel and there will be someone to peel it. Count on it.
Here’s an easy recipe that can go in a thousand directions, depending on your mood, the weather, or whom you expect for dinner.
Teriyaki Chicken
1 pound chicken breast meat, cut as you wish
1/3 c soy sauce
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c water
1/4 c vegetable/olive oil
Mix together & refrigerate.
Place chicken in roasting dish with marinade. Bake 20-25 minutes or so at 350, turning once. Serve shredded in an Oriental salad, sliced in wraps, or in pieces with some rice and vegetables. Chicken is also wonderful grilled.