Monday, February 4, 2013
The Re-Learning Zone
Due to circumstances beyond our control, ten years passed since Mom and I baked Christmas cookies together. When our Women's Ministries Director announced a cookie swap, Mom decided we should make her favorite Italian confection, anginettes. It looks similar to the above picture, but has a flavored icing with sprinkles.
Even though we'd made these delicacies many times, we were a bit rusty. The scrap of paper with the recipe lacked key information, and Mom couldn't recall the details. So, like any good baker, we improvised. The first batch came out okay, but not up to our standards. We finally hit on the right combination of ingredients and technique.
Then, our first attempt at making the icing ended in disaster. It took forever to decorate all the cookies. With sugar, flour, and other ingredients covering the kitchen/dining area and us, we made Lucy and Ethel look like Food Network stars.
Writing sometimes takes a backseat to family responsibilities, illness, and other situations. When things settle down, we think we can continue where we left off. For some that may be true, but for others they enter, "THE RE-LEARNING ZONE."
Yes, folks, basic principles can evaporate into thin air with lack of use. Skills such as show, don't tell, dialogue, and deep point of view sound familiar, but executing them leaves us scratching our heads.
My resolution this year: I want to stay sharp by using both the baking and writing lessons I've learned in the past.
SPECIAL NOTE: My friend, Maria Morgan, has a new website. It will go live tomorrow (2/5/13)! She's also offering a FREE download of her devotional book, "God Speaking," to anyone who requests it.
Writers: Have you experienced the Re-Learning Zone? Please share.
Readers/Others: What areas of life were once second nature, but now they're gathering dust in a closet or computer?