I was going to do a post on my Grandma's Aprons, but Lona at http://lonadawn.blogspot.com/ beat me to it. She has written a wonderful story about her Nanny's Apron. Go read it...if you have time. I love remembrance stories...maybe because of my age. Since I'm in a nostalgic mood right now I guess I'll tell you about "cooking" with my Grandma. My Mom never liked me to be in the kitchen...she was the cook and I could only bake cookies and cakes, but when I went to Grandma's it was another story. When I was very little...she would put one of her aprons on me. She would fold the bib part to the inside and put the apron way up, under my armpits, and wrap the ties around a few times and then tie it. I was a very thin child. I would stand on a kitchen chair at the sink. She would tell me to be creative and make some fancy things out of her scraps. I would have the water running and fix such fancy plates with egg shells, potato peelings, carrot peels, orange peels...you name it. She always complimented me on my creations. This activity kept me busy and out from under her feet, while she cooked.
I have been doing some journaling about creativity this week. I am following a workbook by Julia Cameron. She says that all of us are creative beings. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God. A couple of days ago I was to write about someone who encouraged me in my past.. to be creative. I had forgotten until now about my Grandma. I guess that she would have been the first one to encourage me...I can hear her say, "Be creative."