There’s nothing better than a hot dog on a nice summer evening. It’s something we grew up with, right along with the mysterious urban legend that hotdogs were made from the gross parts of our friend Cow. My brother and I refused to believe it. They taste so good, after all. And by the time we grew old enough to see the truth, we didn’t care.
These hot dogs hold a special place in my heart, simply because they aren’t real hot dogs, but cookies! Every year my kids ask me to make them at least once (usually as a classroom treat on their birthday). This batch is for a special ‘Class Market’ day for my youngest, who gets to hawk his wares in the classroom tomorrow as a way to better understand currency.
It’s funny that something that has always made me smile now makes me a little sad as well. It’s because my kids are growing up, and there won’t be too many more years of hot dog cookies, or seeing my kids’ faces light up as they decorate them.
I have to reflect at times like this how quickly parenthood flies by. At first they’re so little and depend on us for everything. Then they grow, test life out a little, take small risks and make mistakes. It’s okay though, because we’re always close by to take things in hand if need be. And then one day, we’re making some hot dog cookies and realize the kiddos are growing up. Where did the time go?
So I’m sharing these cookies with all of you, to help you remember not to get so caught up in the trials of everyday you forget to celebrate the joys in your life. Living now is what it’s about, not striving to make tomorrow perfect. So if you need a break from revisions, have a cookie. And take a minute or two to spend some time with the people that make all those trials worthwhile.
Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.