During their college years, they spent many weekend nights around the kitchen table in our little townhouse. We would play cards and games, laugh and joke around, get in deep conversations about spiritual things and the meaningful stuff of life. Oh, and I would bake homemade chocolate chip cookies. When I knew the gang was heading over I made sure I had ingredients for cookies, and just told them to bring a couple gallons of milk. I can't tell you how many Friday nights we opened our door to see our little stoop filled with college students holding milk! Our milk and cookie game nights forged some deep friendships. Joey is now a youth pastor, and on the last night of their recent visit, he requested some homemade chocolate chip cookies like old times. And after sneaking some of the dough we ate them hot out of the oven with cold glasses of milk, just like we used to.
It's funny how something simple like homemade cookies can make you feel. Warm, accepted, loved, comforted. They make you feel at home.
When Madi was a baby, my sister-in-law Karen gave us what has turned out to be one of my all time favorite children's books. It is titled Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, written and illustrated by Amy Rosenthal and Jane Dyer. I think she gave it to Madi on her first birthday, and we read it countless times, to the point where some of Madi's first words were completing the little sentences in this book.
The little nuggets of wisdom are all explained in terms of cookies with charming illustrations. Here are a few examples...