I realized this making dinner last week from leftover braised chicken and potatoes which became chicken stew: the chicken bones thrown back in a pot with celery tops saved from Christmas feasting and a quartered onion. One delicious meal Sunday was now another delicious meal Tuesday with only a small addition of water and some chopping action.
So how can I let the lists of traditions go that I gathered from my grown and growing children?
I don't know what I will ever do with this now that it's collected. Maybe just to have a snapshot in time of what our family thought it was right on the cusp of our shattering, scattering, and remaking.
D is for
- Do what you can do now
- sometimes we have Do things we Don't want to Do
- Do things that are hard to do
- I Don't let anybody Downtalk my children (especially my children, especially about themselves)
- Do your Duty faithfully ÷ choose your Duty carefully (Dad's rule ÷ Mom's rule = a balance somewhere)
- "Developing a taste for this still" is better than " rather than "Don't like"
- Devilled eggs made with mustard and little dash of vinegar, sprinkled with paprika
- Dish soap for oil stains
- Eat breakfast (sitting down together, or at least together, or at least sitting down)
- Eat a rainbow
- Eat a little bit of everything
- "Enough is as good as a feast"
- Emotional lexicon allows emotional fluency
- Exotic fruits & vegetables!
- Eye-to-eye speaking
- Ella Fitzgerald, especially "Blue Skies"
- Eucalyptus oil eases breathing
- Faithful = loyal = true to those who trust you = live what you believe = believe in Jesus Christ and believe in His promises
- Family before friends
- Flowers - Flower gardens - taking pictures of Flowers - looking at books naming Flowers - Flower hikes
- Faith & work are more like bread & flour, than like bread &butter
- Find your true path (let them find their true path)