Aaaah! A New Year!
Let’s hope it is better than the last couple! I don’t know about other people, but I think it is time we got down to ‘living’ again. We seem to have had one disaster after another – from bush-fires, floods, disease, volcanoes erupting … you mention it, we’ve had it. I also realize these things have been with us forever, and the human race is still here and with more of us than in any other time in history. Let’s put everything back into some sort of perspective without the media channeling fear, drama and over-exaggeration. Only last month I listened to a news report that used the word ‘scare’ several time – no wonder people are brain washed into worry!
With that in mind, the following short story is inspired by a child-like innocence that we need to tap into and re-discover.
Emily kicked at the puddle and watched the muddy water trickle over the toe of her yellow rubber boots. There was a certain satisfaction of fracturing the reflection that had been caught in the mirror of the water.
She bent down and stuck her hands in the mud, feeling it ooze delightfully through her fingers. Mummy wouldn’t be happy – she had got mud on her dress. She flung it off and sat down in the puddle. It was not cold.
This summer had been a wet and hot one. The paddocks were green and the rain constant. It was so much fun and she often danced in the cooling showers. At night she would lay in bed and listen to the frogs calling to one another. There was a small frog living in the down-pipe near her room, and it’s voice boomed out into the darkness. At first she had been frightened, thinking it was huge, but one day she saw it – all of five centimetres long! So cute.
Now she sat and enjoyed the sensation of mud in her knickers, and coolness against her skin.
Over the rustling of the gum tree leaves above, she heard her name called. She closed her eyes and stayed for a few minutes more, appreciating the joy of being at one with nature. but the call from her mother grew louder and more insistent.
“I’m here,” she murmured, as she stood up and let the mud and water run down to her bqare feet. She stepped over to the pile of her sodden dress that she had draped over her boots, and wandered back in the direction of the now frantic calls.
When her mother caught sight of her, she rushed over and clasped Emily, mud and dripping water and all.
“Why didn’t you answer me?” she asked her daughter.
“I’m okay,” Emily looked puzzled. “I was just enjoying the moment.”
Her mother smiled. Oh! if she could only do the same!
Recipe – Maureen’s Scrumptious Boston Bun.
Ingredients : 1 and a half cups of mashed potato; 2 cups SR flour; Three quarters of a cup granulated sugar; 1 tspn salt; 1 cup milk; 1 and a half cups of sultanas or mixed fruit.
- Preheat oven to 180-200C
- Place mashed potatoes in a bowl and add sugar. Mix well
- Add fruit and mix.
- Sift flour and salt together and add to poato mixture alternately with milk.
- Place in two greased loaf tins, or one greased large cake tin.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven, cool slightly then ice while still warm.
- (Icing – 1 cup icing sugar; 1 tspn vanilla essence; 1 to 2 tblspns Lemon juice or water or a mixture of both: 2 to 3 drops of food colouring if desired). Mix these ingredients to a stiff consistency and spread over bun.
- Cut into slices and serve If desired, it may be spread with butter.
- Serves 6 to 8 people.
Please try the above recipe, and enjoy!
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