on long-dark snowy days

I get stressed out

and sometimes I yell,  “Come on guys!  Let’s go BAKE something!”

and then we measure, mix and mix, blend

fight over who gets to lick the sugary spoon

make a mess

 enjoy each other

I smile and savor the smells and joy

 “Okay now!  Let’s get a quick picture!”

we repeat this

day after day

week after week

replace baking with art, stories or a puppet show

it’s not glamorous 

but it means the world to them

and the world to me

And I love it.