“That jar of gingersnaps just makes it feel so cozy, Mom.”
My 17 year old said this as he passed by the hot cocoa station I was setting up on top of the side table in our breakfast nook.
It was two weeks before Thanksgiving and I had made the decision that what we needed was a little bit of comfort and joy in our home. The rainy, cold days had arrived here in Oregon and the lockdown orders by our Governor had been (and continue to be) extended and expanded, leaving all of us feeling anything but cheerful.
Our home has truly become the one place where I feel as though I have some measure of control and, since we are here a LOT these days, I am determined to do everything within my power to create an environment that provides us with a sense of peace in the midst of all that is so very hard right now.
I’m not going to lie friends, things have been hard. Teenagers (and all kids) in states like ours, where going back to school or sports or activities anytime soon seems like an impossibility, are struggling. My mama heart aches to be able to solve this and I fight against being angry that I have no power to provide them the things that would actually help them right now.
So anything I can do to bring a little bit of cheer into their lives and put smiles on their faces is my goal right now.
Peppermint sticks, jars of sprinkles and chocolate chips, fun straws, marshmallows and, of course, hot cocoa, may not seem like a very big deal. But they represent something that is, in fact, incredibly important this year more than ever before.
They represent the things that are constants in our lives. They represent what never changes about our home. The love and care and concern. The desire to do everything in our power to provide stability in this very unstable time.
And, they represent how well we know each other and the things that will meet a need, spoken or unspoken.
Because, even simply a jar filled with gingersnaps can be just the thing to remind our family that this truly is the season of love and hope.