Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.
I sometimes give my little girl a topic to go and write about. We might do this if she is at home from school for the day or looking for something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon as her brother sleeps.
Her latest subject was ‘Something I don’t understand’.
Twenty minutes after I assigned the topic my six year old daughter gave a page to me that said ‘Something I don’t understand is why it takes so long to be grown up. I guess we just have to be a kid and be pachent’
I asked her why she would like to be an adult, “Because then I wouldn’t have so many jobs to do”.
This is not the reply I expected. I would have understood wanting to drive a car, getting to buy things at the shops, being able to cook at the stove or having babies. But this answer threw me.
My precious Lulu, stay young little one.
So much of adult life is jobs, a constant stream of jobs, intersected only by decisions before going back to your jobs. There are few places more perfect than a loved and adored six year old body and mind.
Yes, you need to put the dishes away, but as an adult you will also need to wash the dishes. Yes, you need to open the blinds, but as an adult some days the brightness will not filter through. Yes, you need to be kind to your brother who loves you, but as an adult you will need to be kind to people who are not kind to you. Yes, you need to go to school, where you love your teacher, friends and all that you learn. But when you are an adult you will need to go to work, where although there may be aspects you enjoy, there may also be aspects you despise.
Embrace your young mind little one, your imagination, your freedom and creativity. Treasure the spring in your step, the joy in your voice and the simplicity you have in being present. We adults long to be back there. What we wouldn’t give to be six again!
Have you noticed that adults don’t get piggy backs, or balloons when we go to the dentist, or bedtime stories, or tickled until tears of laughter run down our checks? Imagine life without piggy backs and tickles! It doesn’t sound near as grand as being six, where you can still make cubbies under your bed and hide under the kitchen table.
Do you know what I don’t understand my precious baby girl? I don’t understand why we have to grow up, why can’t we just be kids? I wish I’d been more patient.
Five Ingredient Mud Cake
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 400 grams dark chocolate, roughly broken into pieces
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups almond meal
- Preheat your oven to 150°C or 300°F and grease and line a round 18cm cake tin.
- Place the coconut milk, chocolate and honey into a medium sized saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate has melted and the mixture is well combined. Keep the heat low as you do not want to burn the chocolate. Once melted and well combined remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs until the yolk and whites are well combined. Stir in the almond meal. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Once well combined pour the mixture into your prepared cake tin.
- Place the into the oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool in the tin for 30 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Slice. Serve. Eat and enjoy.
note – if you are wanting to ice the cake the Nutella recipe works perfectly.