1. Andrew was fine. It all sort of felt a little anti-climatic, actually. I watched the clock all day and left WAY too early to go and get him. And he came running out at the end of the day, tired and happy. His teacher said he did great. And the best part? He has a new blue homework folder! It’s the most important thing he has to report when anyone askes him about his day.
2. Isaac and I were fine too. I didn’t cry at all. Isaac didn’t even seem to notice Andrew’s absence. We just tinkered around Isaac-paced. It was actually pretty nice.
3. I feel pretty good about this whole thing. Andrew has a pattern of honeymooning in a new setting a little before showing his full self and that used to have me on pins and needles for weeks waiting for (as my mom calls it) “the shoe to drop”. But now I just feel okay about the whole thing. His true self will emerge in all of its glory, he’ll push at the boundaries and we’ll work with it. I’m not worried about it happening. It will happen. And it won’t be the end of the world.
4. I also feel super, super supported. Yesterday was filled with phone calls and emails and a friend even stopped by with flowers. Thank you thank you thank you! Things are so much better and easier and nicer when people are supporting you, no?
Okay and now we need to talk about these cookies! I made these yesterday as an after school treat and I didn’t really have the right ingredients and it all turned out the way you hope baking accidents will: awesomely.
After School Cookies
(adapted, accidentally, from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon corn syrup
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup oats
3 cups flour
two handfuls (or maybe more) of chocolate chips
handful of walnuts
handful of pecans
handful of sunflower seeds
Mix together eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add corn syrup, baking soda and salt. Mix in melted butter and peanut butter. Then add oats and flour. Then add the rest! It will be a super, super thick dough with chocolate chips falling to the bottom of the bowl. I ended up kneading it with my hands to really incorporate all the goodies. Then scoop out spoonfuls of dough, rolling them into balls and sticking in any chocolate chips or nuts that are loose at the bottom of the bowl. Bake for 12 minutes at 350. It makes…um…3 dozen?