Footprints

Today’s post is not so much about the recipe but more the post-Mother’s Day reflection. Although I do give you a good peanut butter cookie recipe at the end!

Today’s post is about the footprints we make in each others lives.

A while back on one of my posts about my grand kids, someone commented about the footprint I was making in their lives.

That comment really gave me pause – what is my footprint? How have I affected and influenced others? How will they remember me? Have I left a significant imprint on their soul?

Last week, I watched my 5 year old grandson. Oh sure, I could have parked him in front of the Wii or TV – instead we went shopping for his Mom’s Mother’s Day present and his Grandpa’s birthday present. Oh, the conversation was lively, innocent and precious! Along the way, I took him to the bathroom, cut his food and reminded him to chew slowly. It was a special day that I hope I left a footprint on his life.

This morning, I watched my Mom for the morning to give my Dad a break. I took her to the bathroom, cut her food and reminded her to chew slowly.  Mom suffers from dementia and it’s a challenge to keep her in the moment sometimes. Oh sure, I could have parked her in front of the TV this morning. Instead, I whipped up a batch of peanut butter cookies and thought it would be fun to make cookies together. We haven’t done that in 50 years! (seriously!)

I whipped up the batch before I left the house and showed up with all my cookie pans, spatulas and racks.

All we had to do is roll them and imprint them with a criss-cross of the fork.

Take nothing for granted. What she taught me 50 years ago was a struggle but we came through it beautifully!

I brought out her old rusted cookie sheets and said, “oh if these cookie sheets could talk…” and she replied, “oh, if you only knew how many people I feed with these cookie sheets.”

That was her footprint.

That is why I do this blog.

To keep the memory of her gift alive and pass it down before it becomes a struggle for me.

Before I give you the recipe, I’d like to give you one more gift. This was floating around Facebook and when I read it, it turned my head and heart around.

Letter from a Mother to a Daughter:

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter. “

Here’s the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies
A Kitchen Muse: 
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 2 doz
 
An easy to whip up cookie recipe that is fun to make with your loved ones.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 and ½ cups flour
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Cream sugar, peanut butter and cutter together in a mixer.
  2. Add egg and blend until smooth.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add to butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Form batter into balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Flatten balls with a criss-cross pattern with a fork.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

 

 

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19 comments on “Footprints

  1. melanie on said:

    Lovely.

  2. Suzi on said:

    I love your concept about leaving footprints, I too think of that with my granddaughters. We make homemade pizza. But oh my goodness, the letter from a Mother to a Daughter was heart wrenching and had me in tears. Makes me really think. I wish my own Mother were still here so that I could do those things for her. And then contemplating how my daughter will handle this in the years to come as I grow older. Hey, peanut butter cookies are an all time favorite of mine. Maybe I will make some this weekend when the girls are here. Thanks!!

  3. Kelly on said:

    What a fabulous recipe, these look absolutely delicious!! :)

  4. Anita at Hungry Couple on said:

    Fabulous recipe, photo and sentiment. My mother is nearing 80 and acts just like the one in the story you re-posted. It was a tough mother’s day and this made me cry.

  5. myfudo on said:

    Oh you made me cry…sniff! Seems like my mom is the one talking to me, she is still young, but of course, I am thirty-ish so my mom is turning 60 in a few months.
    I hope I can leave a really nice and memorable footprint in my daughter’s life because I know I would in my mom’s life, that I am sure, because I am a mother now, and I know that moms will always have a special place in their hearts for their kids and we would do everything to find a spot in our kid’s lives too.
    I am bookmarking the post, I’d love to try this recipe.

  6. Meggie Wallace on said:

    Such beautiful writing! I think a lot of people have trouble slowing down and thinking about things like footprints we leave…. Even me at times! So this definitely got my brain a brewing!
    I look forward to trying this cookie recipe with my son :)

  7. The letter was MUCH better than the cookies….but thanks for both! love, pat

  8. Lela on said:

    Thank you so very much for posting this story. How the time flies and how true this really is. Even if your mother doesn’t have dementia, just call her once in awhile or write an email, it will lift her spirits like you wouldn’t believe. I am 79 & my
    three sons live out-of-state and that means so much to hear from them when they call or email me. My two daughters live in the same town as I do and they are very busy. One daughter hadn’t been in touch with me for 9 months, then I ran into her in a store at Christmas time. What a surprise! I almost didn’t recoginize her. Your story made me cry…I’ve been there, done that!

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      Lela – It’s so easy to take for granted our loved ones. And sometimes we need reminding! God bless!

  9. DB-The Foodie Stuntman on said:

    Good recipe but better story and message is priceless. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  10. jane on said:

    Loved this post, it is so close to my heart. Lovely pictures of your Mom and the cookies.

  11. alyce on said:

    Great post. And beautiful pic.

  12. Geraldine Saucier on said:

    A great story and a great recipe. Thanks:)

  13. Holly on said:

    I really loved this!

  14. Awwwh, the letter brought tears to my eyes. I’m blessed with 4 beautiful children, they help as much as they can around the house. I just wish that I could have done the same for my late mom (lost her to cancer when I was 10). I’ll try to do the cookies with the girls one day..Congratulations on making the top 9 on Foodbuzz.

  15. Suzette on said:

    Mmmmmmmm…peanut butter cookies! I haven’t made this since I was a kid and took cooking classes at my local Boys & Girls Club. Thanks for the recipe–can’t wait to make these again! The letter from a mother to a daughter…LOVED IT!! I going to save it so I can give it to my daughter when I get older. Hopefully, I’ll remember where I put it…LOL!! Here’s a link for something that you may want to try with your mom. I’ve read several stories like this so I figure it must really work. I figure what the heck, what does anyone have to lose by trying it? Thanks for this blog post, it was great and I know I’m leaving many footprints on my daughter’s life (she’s 18) because she tells me almost every day!

    http://coconutoil.com/coconut-oil-reverses-dementia-in-100-year-old-woman/

  16. gina on said:

    Thank you for sharing this – it’s both lovely and thought-provoking. And now I’m going to go call my mom and thank her for the footprints.

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