The second is this: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31
Dalton Weprin entered this world on January 18, a trifling detail but for a very few of us. Even as her grandmother, I see this event as miniscule inside a larger and more potent perspective.
Brace yourself. In a single day about 490,000 babies are born worldwide. Close to 11,000 show up in the United States alone. During the hour that Dalton was born, I could not help but visualize of all those tiny personalities poised and ready to compliment the earth.
The idea that such utterly helpless souls, with underdeveloped discernments of love, had to make sense of their families and the world is almost too tender for consideration.
As adults we navigate the world with often just a tail tip of introspection. If we are open, we can begin to understand that we must learn to love and care for ourselves before we can grow the genius to extend.
In our culture of distraction, we sometimes neglect family members, our most intimate and crucial teachers. Certain stories have it that we can be reborn in spirit at any moment. Luckily babies continue to arrive as glorious reminders.
Think on it… we can give care to ourselves and with natural overflow, love others – even bigger babies, those who maintain a hard shell of self-defense.
One thing I’ve discovered in this life, time at the kitchen table is an exceptional way to demonstrate care for yourself and the family members to whom you were assigned.
Today is not too late to set that table. The latest data has it that there are close to 11,000 observers due in tomorrow.
Seiko’s Noodles With Spinach, Carrots and Eggs
A cookbook that I turned to time after time, Heavenly Feasts, was written and compiled by Marcia M. Kelly. The menus included are from monasteries, abbeys, and retreats. They are inspiring as they are appetizing. I made the following dish for my daughter when she came home from the hospital. With origins of the Dai Bosatsu Zendo in Livingston Manor, New York and the availability of fresh spinach, carrots and eggs, I considered this meal to be a blessing.
6 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
4 tablespoons minced garlic
4 carrots, chopped
1 16-ounce block tofu, first pressed by a paper or kitchen towel to extract water and then chopped
1 box frozen chopped spinach or 1 ½ pounds fresh leaves
4 scrambled eggs
1 package cellophane rice noodles (mei fun), cooked, rinsed, and chopped
Saute the ginger and garlic in sesame oil in a pan or wok large enough to hold all the ingredients.
Add the chopped carrot and cook over low heat until softened.
Add the tofu and soy sauce. Stir
Add the chopped spinach and egg.
Add the noodles and toss until hot.