A Sweet Surprise

 It’s the little things that sometimes make the biggest impact.  As is my usual habit, I cracked open the back door to enjoy a quick smoke while waiting for Steve and the children to come to breakfast. I was thinking about what to write for my next assignment. The theme was “What makes you nuts?” and I expected there to be a wide range of topics to choose from.

On the back step was a small basket lined with a pretty new tea towel. I lifted it up and brought it into the kitchen. Inside of the basket was a half-dozen still warm Banana Nut Muffins with a note from Chloe. For the last couple of months, I had been improving my French cooking and in reverse, Chloe was practicing her American housewife cooking. We had spent an afternoon a few weeks ago rifling through my recipe box and Chloe had copied a few recipes she wanted to try. Chloe wrote out the recipes in elegant longhand on the blanks I kept in the back of the box. Reading over Chloe’s sweet note in that same handwriting touched me since she thanked me for introducing her to our group and helping her feel at home in the states. I placed the basket on the table with the butter dish and we all enjoyed the delicious treat with breakfast.  Fresh muffins really improve everyone’s mood.

Chloe’s muffins helped me understand what to write about. Chloe was actually the one who made it easy for us to get to know her. She was certainly something new to us and didn’t take any offense to our questions. We were curious about her, her life in the Resistance, which seemed so courageous, and the difference between living in France and Monterey Park. Ultimately, she just was just like the rest of us. Maybe we are all the same in our hearts. Women accepting the easy friendship of other women could actually change the world. The theme of my assignment made complete sense to me now; on an everyday basis, I worried about every little thing. I realized that I was fully capable of handling our everyday needs pretty well. What I really need to figure out, before it made me nuts, was how to find a way for everyone else in the world to get along. Now that was a bigger project.


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