Choose to Just Be

Archived | September 18, 2015 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It’s still quiet around here, but not so quiet. Been filling in the silence with music, and debating between making apple cake and apple crisp for a weekend dessert. I’m eager to steep myself in autumn, the season of abundance and golden light, leaves and hot cider and pumpkin pie. Time of year for just being, autumn is. Letting go of that long hot summer, and not giving much thought to winter. Just being.

Time goes so fast, and it seems we’re always looking ahead at what next, or looking back at what was. Not that either is a bad thing, mind you. Planning is important, and so is remembering. But it seems sometimes you get so caught up in the planning that it becomes pathological. Takes over the day. And sometimes, looking back, the what-ifs and I-wish-I-hads do a number on a person. You find yourself rolling around in regret.

I remember, long before dishwashers were popular, we dried dishes by hand with flour sack towels.  Sometimes it took as long as an hour, but what an hour that was, there, in the kitchen, with our mother doing the washing, two of us kids drying, and the third putting away the dishes up high in the cupboard. We talked in that hour about our day, about how good dinner was, about how amazing it was that the dog had so many puppies. About the neighbors flowers, or how mom should make those pumpkin bars again. So many stories flying around the kitchen. And then, as the sun faded from the window above the kitchen sink, we’d scatter to our rooms and leave Mom and Dad to the porch swing. It was like that most days, til we grew on up and went our ways.

What I like best about autumn is that it’s here, with all its comfort and ease, for those who wish to partake. You don’t have to. You can hold on to summer all you want, or rush about getting out the winter stuff. But you have a choice. Dry your dishes by hand for a while. Make a pie for your neighbor. Sit out on the steps and take a look at the sky. A great blessing, indeed, to choose to just be.

Here’s a fast and really fine dip to serve mid-afternoon during the game, or after a day of raking.
Works as an appetizer, or on its own, and no leftovers with this one.

Taco Dip

16 oz French onion dip
1 16 oz jar picante sauce
1 T taco sauce

1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 head lettuce, shredded
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 small tomato, diced
1 bag nacho cheese Doritos

Combine first three ingredients and spread on a serving plate. Layer onion, green pepper, lettuce, cheese, tomato and a handful or two crushed Doritos. Serve with Doritos or tortilla chips.