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Food on Fridays with Ann
The birthday of one of my daughters falls just a few days before Christmas. She invited some friends over to celebrate, and together they made sugar cookies.
They laughed together, my teenaged daughter and her friends, as they spread purple, green and yellow icing on stars and snowmen and hearts. I snapped pictures of them—young women working together to create something fresh, festive, and fun. After every cookie was coated in color and sprinkles, the friends gave my daughter presents of lotion and scarves and beautiful things, grown-up things.
For several days I left up the crepe paper streamers and the “Happy Birthday” sign stretched across the window, clothes-pinned to the valance.
But today we finally pulled down the sign and ate the last of these cookies, feeling the season slip away like the years.
As I tossed those streamers into the trash can, I thought of things I’ve let slip away.
Like the bloom she tucked behind her ear this summer on vacation. I wish I had saved it and pressed it between the pages of our big dictionary so that years from now, a delicate, faded memory of my daughter in her 15th year would flutter down onto my lap.
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Trish Southard says
I always admire the sugar cookies everyone makes at Christmas time. The shapes and the frosting all seem so perfect. I am ready to venture into trying my hand at it. The photos released me from that image. They are not all perfect and that is what is so special about your post. The photo of your lovely daughter and the flower took my breath away. Thank you Ann.
Imperfection is a specialty of mine! I’m so glad you feel free to make yummy cookies that look crazy and every which way (they taste just as good no matter how they *look*).
Thank you for stopping by and taking time to share your heart.
That’s a Sproatt eye and brow if I’ve ever seen one! I assume they used Mom’s recipe!!
Hazel Moon says
What a lovely way to celebrate a birthday by making cookies together – – such fun. I was reminded of the sugar cookies my grandmother would make for us when we came for a visit. Cookies are always such a nice treat. When I was a girl, I made cookies each Saturday to go into our school lunches. sometimes it was cupcakes, but usually it was cookies – all kinds. sugar, short bread, chocolate chip, peanut butter or some new tried and kept recipies, like the no bake chocolate drops. Your daughter is lovely and is such a grown up young lady!
Megan Willome says
She has your eyes.
Tell her Happy Birthday from me.
I love this. Every single word.
Cheryl Smith says
We cleaned the basement this weekend. Tubs and boxes of memories from years gone by, but I’ve realized I haven’t done a very good job of curating more recent milestones and before I know it, we’ll be visiting colleges (this Spring). Oh, time! It does fly by so quickly with these beautiful girl-women.
Marcus Goodyear says
Happy Birthday to her. You may not have the flower, but you have the pixels to prove it was behind her ear. That is something worth having too.