I celebrated my birthday on Tuesday in a very low-key manner here at home, which is always nice because I don't like to make a huge fuss. Birthday cards, phone calls and notes from loved ones kept coming throughout the day (I love hearing from people near & far), but in the afternoon a very special box arrived via mail. I had been told prior to this that my dear niece was sending me one of her specialties and that I should look for it soon. Without a moment to lose I opened the box to see what was in it.
My Birthday Treat
I first read through the birthday card which had the outlines of my niece's & nephews' hands along with their names (these cards are saved & cherished!). A few written words are always greatly appreciated by uncle David. Next to that card, however, was a container of sweet edibles lovingly made by my little one, all packaged & cushioned with bright tissue paper. I gasped at how wonderful and unique her creations were as soon as I opened the cookie container. What made it even better was the fact that her cookies had been made in a little Easy Bake Oven given to her last Christmas!
I was literally beaming through tears of joy at how far along my little one has come since her diagnosis with leukemia. It's amazing what two years can do with good medical care, lots of prayers and lots of love. Her journey & battle is almost coming to an end and the day she is given remission status, I will be the happiest person on Earth!
Several things were going through my mind that day, other than the fact that I was extremely proud & happy at how my lovely niece had managed to bake cookies for uncle. Growing up, my wonderful grandmother used say, 'from generation to generation', whenever we'd learn something new either from her or from our parents. It was her way of saying that knowledge and wisdom was being handed down to the next generation of our family. Those words have always stuck in my mind, so when I realized that my niece was now showing an interest in baking cookies at age 4, grandma's words came racing back to me.
With the help of my dear mom, I began to learn how to bake from a very early age. Her encouragement and lessons are things that are close to my heart. They always will be.
Take a look at the gorgeous cookies created by my niece.
Appliqué Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies were baked in heart shapes, Xs & Os and were then covered with vanilla icing. To this, my niece cut out the exact same shapes in pink fondant with a stamped design and placed them over the icing. Beautiful cookies to behold and tasty cookies to eat.
Champagne with strawberries & Appliqué Sugar Cookies.
A very delicious treat!
I now see that there is a future generation in my family who will understand the joys of baking. Knowing that my lessons and wisdom will be handed down to a dear family member brings me so much joy, because I love creating & teaching, and I love sharing. Realizing the fact that I'm inspiring my little one to bake just like uncle, well, life doesn't get any sweeter than this for me.
As grandma used to say, "from generation to generation".