About a year ago I started noticing that my day started of very frenetically…
I would immediately jump out of bed and try to wage war against the rising tide of emails and meetings. I could deal with them in a few hours but for some reason I felt like these were all things that I needed to do right then and there. The more I did it the more stress I felt doing it.
All the while I felt like I was ignoring my kid, patiently waiting to see if I would put down the coffee and spend a couple of minutes with her before I started the whole “ok daddy now has to go to work” speech.
The stress didn’t help – and not spending time with the person I see most important just added to it. I needed to just stay unplugged and try something different.
I had always wanted to try making crepes but for some reason I thought that it would be entirely too involved. One night I said “that’s it. I’m changing this..”
I searched online on YouTube and found a recipe called Beth’s Foolproof Crepe Recipe. The following morning I put the plan to action….
I throw the butter in the pan and start melting it while I work through the other ingredients. By the time I work the ingredients the butter is melted and the pan is pre greased. Two birds with one stone.
What does this give me?
- I get a couple of minutes before everyone is awake where I can do something with my hands.
- Working with something like cooking feels almost meditational and let’s me calm myself down before I start the day “plugged in”
- I learned something new and feel like I can do something in the kitchen – which I didn’t feel before.
Most importantly – I get to connect with her. I would play Parisian music and do the whole thing up and I get to have a memory of her and I doing something rather than feeling like I’m brushing her aside for something that will be there an hour from now.
I’ve waffled on how religious I am about doing this in the mornings – but I need to use this picture to remind myself of just how important something as simple as crepes are
… To her. ..
…And for me.