Monthly Archives: August 2010

Simple Ideas

On Sunday morning Sophia and I were making eggplant lasagna to bring to our weekly cookout/pool party. I was enjoying the time with her and the satisfaction in knowing that I was teaching her to prepare healthy food with ingredients from our garden. I was just about to enter “mentor mode” and begin a conversation about the relationship between sustainable gardening and healthy eating when she interrupted my reverie.


“Yes, dear?”

“Can we bring something else, too?”

“I guess so. What did you have in mind?”

She pondered for a moment, ¬†standing on her step stool, one delicate finger at the side of her mouth as she frowned and stared hard at the counter. Then she looked up at me with bright eyes and a huge smile as she announced, “Bacon! Let’s bring bacon!”

Tim, of course, thought this was a great idea. “Everyone loves bacon. Let’s bring a big tray of bacon next time, they’ll love it!”

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The little girl who wanted to bring bacon to a cookout is the same little girl who, the day before when we jumped off the boat to swim, hollered, “C’mon, Mom! Get in the water, ¬†y’old hippy!”