“I am participating in a cookie exchange. Do you want to help bake with me?”
I like to cook, as there is a certain creative aspect to coming up with a rub, or a flavoring, or even a sauce. However, I am not very adept at baking. Generally, I would say that I have something else to occupy my time. As I was thinking about possible answers, Debbie added, “I am going to bake Black and White Cookies.”
I did a double take…who does not like Black and White Cookies?! She had my attention!
“I’m in!” I responded, probably a bit too quickly.
Together, we read over two different potential recipes. Debbie had purchased the ingredients to make either one a success. Baking, especially for me, is all about following the directions. I kind of understand that certain ingredients combined together can have, as a whole, a different impact than separately. We put the batter together, then we worked on creating the homemade icing (yup, both vanilla and chocolate). Once the cookies were out of the oven, we ooo’d and ah’d over the way they had the shape of the cookie. Next, we each took an icing and did our halves, making sure that the icing met neatly in the middle.
“Boy, it got quiet in here,” Debbie noticed.
“I have to concentrate while putting the icing on,” I responded.
I also got to thinking; part of the fun of this cookie is that it has the two parts. Many times, I have eaten one side, then the other. And, sometimes, I go right down the middle. I realized, that like the cookie, Debbie and I were no different – we were working together to make something as one. Yes, technically, I mean the cookie…but, symbolically, we work well together as a team. After all this time together, while we are each individuals, we work well as a whole; in some cases, we are able to accomplish more together than as two separate beings. The importance of the two halves took on new meaning…
Finally, the icing was applied to the last cookie. The long moment we had been waiting for had arrived – did this awesome looking treat taste as good as they looked? We both manned our own cookie and, true to past eating, tried one side, then the other. Mmmm – that was great! The time and effort together in the kitchen had yielded a most tasty treat. Together, we baked; together, we had a fun night; together, we created magic…