september 15

by breannruthwhite

I am a parent of two very small people.

I have a partner who is supportive and loving and helps carry the sometimes overwhelming weight of the day-to-day tasks that need to happen when you are a parent of two small people.

My partner and I want to teach our small people… our children… about nature. About how outside is the very best place to let go of everything and be. And about the smell of clean air and the beauty and expanse of wide, wide water.

We want them to look at stars and pick up bugs and eat dirt… from time to time.

My partner and I want our children to wonder… day dream… and care. About nature. And people. All people. No matter what.

We want them to build because they want to build. To know that to be creative is a gift. And to embrace it… despite the stale and redundant environments that influence us.

We want them to never believe in “perfection” by the mainstream standard, but instead believe that everything was meant to be good in its own way. And to look for that good in everything.

We want them to eat chocolate. And warm cookies. And their carrots and cabbage too.

We want them to shade their eyes to see the white September light glinting between our oak tree branches. To look for all the birds they hear. To bite into our sour tree apples. And to reach out for us with their sidewalk chalk covered hands and know we will scoop them up and hold them close and believe in all that they are.

IMG_5146Our Everyday Oatmeal

Serves 4

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon

Pour the milk and water into a soup kettle. Add in salt and cinnamon.

Bring to a simmer. Pour in oats. Swirl to combine. Cover and remove from heat. Allow to steam for 8 minutes. Resist the urge to peek!

Meanwhile prep your toppings. Make coffee. Read the news. Pretend you are fishing with your 1 and 4-year-old.

Uncover and allow to cool for just a bit. Add oats to serving bowl. Add desired toppings. You could add cream, plain yogurt, brown sugar, maple syrup or honey. Granola, coconut or any nut makes for good texture. My boys really like it plain with raw honey or slices of fresh fruit.

Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container for up to 5 days.

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