I'm of a certain age. There. I said it. Women of a certain age live differently. They love differently. They laugh differently. Because they know that no one lives forever.
I don't just politely hug, I hug people tight. I try not to hold back laughter, because laughter seems to rare lately. I don't just exercise. I exercise and stretch. And I try to eat better. This last is probably hardest for me to do. There are more salads and vegetables in my life now than ever before. Heck, I have salad for breakfast most days just to make sure I don't get tired at the end of the day and skip it.
My husband has a fondness for breakfast on days when he faces an emotional challenge - like a funeral or cleaning out his deceased mother's closet. And on those days, I find I order pancakes. Not bran cereal. Not one egg with wheat toast. Pancakes. With butter and maple syrup. It reminds me of those days when my mother or grandmother made them when I was young. It reminds me that life wasn't meant to be counted by calories or steps. Pancakes remind me that life is meant to be enjoyed.
Here is a really hearty pancake recipe, in case you can't justify the empty calories of a Hungry Jack pancake.
Do you have a comfort food?
Melinda Curtis is an award-winning, USA Today bestseller. Her latest release, A Man of Influence, is
set in a bakery where comfort food is an every day thing.