Monday, December 12, 2011

Angel Food - a very short story

Looking longingly outside she knew it just wasn't going to be an ideal day for going out. She wanted to attend her Tuesday painting class but the weather lured her away from her normal activities and blessed her with a bit of indoor spontaneity. There was a feather dusting from the first snow of the season and the cold sent a chill down her spine at the thought of leaving her warm home. There was plenty to occupy her time indoors.

Her furry friends were lazing around her feet. Earlier in the day, she scolded them for pilfering a Kleenex from the wastebasket. Now they lay around contrite and waiting for anything to happen that could pull them from their hundredth nap of the day. It had been more than week since she was able to sit and write. The holiday season always kept her busy. She loved to create and today was the perfect day for creating. She might make earrings or paint leaves or even do some creative writing. Before she could start any of it, she felt moved to pamper herself a bit.
The kettle whistled and her water was hot. She would take the boiling water and pour it into her French press where she had measured exactly two tablespoons of Sumatra roasted coffee and a small sprinkle of Stevia. Four minutes later, she would stir her concoction and press the grinds down, straining the hot liquid into a favorite mug. The smell was divine and today she'd been given the perfect gift to complete her pampering. 

Hours before, her lovely neighbor delivered homemade biscotti. These were no ordinary biscotti. These biscotti were made with love by her neighbor's husband. This automatically transcended these biscotti from a delicious confection to Angel Food.

Years ago she had learned about Angel Food from another dear friend. '"Angel Food" is that which is prepared for people we love and by people who love us." The philosophy behind Angel Food is that it will nourish us both physically and spiritually. Anything you do in love is ultimately directed by the greatest source of love. In this case, these biscotti were truly Angel Food, as her friend's husband had taken it upon himself to make for his wife some delicious biscotti. She, in turn, generously shared his gift to her with others she cared about. The love was moved from home to home as if delivered by the angels themselves.
Images borrowed from Google Images

Quote taken from Angel Food: A Heavenly Inspired Cookbook by Diane Scalia

Many thanks to the Sweet family for sharing so much with us. It was your family that inspired this story.


Myrna R. said...

What a lovely story. Glad you made some wonderful time for yourself and ate some angel food, which only increased the inner love and beauty you already have.

I love the idea of angel food. My husband is the cook and baker in my family. I'll share this thought with him and hopefully inspire him to distribute angel food to our friends.

Kristen Haskell said...

Thanks Myrna your support and for reading my blog, it is truly a gift.

Brian Miller said...

nice..i love angel food cake...and what a delightful story on made me smile...

Morning said...

sweet, glad to see you share such a gem...well done.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

Ohh, what a sweet story, Love the idea of the making and serving of angel cake.

Tumblewords: said...

I love this idea - angel food is the very best.

Janet said...

Kristen, you are so sweet! It is a privilege and a blessing to have you as my friend...and neighbor :)