Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

*My children are magicians.
They don’t work with top hats and scarves.
They don’t employ rabbits or sequined assistants.
Yet, they work their magic daily.
And, though I’m not a fan of it,
I am their biggest fan.
I suppose the magic act began after my oldest was born.
He smiled, crawled, cradled his rubber-band wrists
’round my cheeks at bedtime.
And, I thought this was the perfect stage
at which to freeze him.
No more changing, I whispered. No more growing up.
But, he had a new trick for the show:
He learned to say MOM, then DAD
And, though I was determined to keep him a baby–
to levitate him midair and hold him there forever–
I found myself captivated by his charm.
Clapping, marveling, wondering, wowing.
Allright, I agreed.
I’ll allow you to learn this one more magnificent skill.
*But that’s it, I insisted.
Now was the perfect stage.
No more changing. No more growing up.
Before long, siblings arrived, and he became
the eldest, the oldest, the big brother,
The Ringmaster.
Passing on the tricks of the trade.
Helping the wee ones jump through the hoops
of kindergarten and kite-flying.
Teaching them the magic words.
And, before I knew it
they were growing,
Yet, you see, I’ve grown too.
Because now I know we’ve finally reached
the perfect stage
at which to freeze them all.
So, tonight I insisted:
*No more changing. No more growing up.
*I think this time they’ve finally listened.*
Except for that one new trick
they’re going to show me in the morning…

The Grandest, Largest, Best, Most Amazing
Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
in the World
There are few cookies which marvel without a good stick or so of butter. Don’t let the lack of the dairied bliss fool you. These cookies bake into giant hunks of toothsome pleasure, crisp-crunchy on the outside, chewy as-all-get-out on the inside.
1/3 c. canola oil
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 T. Blackstrap molasses
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. vinegar
3/4 t. sea salt
1/3 c. raisins
1/3 c. shredded coconut
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 c. flour
3/4 c. old-fashioned oats
In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, and egg until well mixed. Add molasses and beat well. Mix in remaining ingredients. Drop by giant spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven, at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, or until edges of cookie are lightly browned.

Biggest thanks to
who interviewed me for the Sunday edition
of her remarkably loveable blog.
to visit, and awe at her talent.