II’ve noticed a proliferation in the number of phony holidays over the past few years. Every day is another national day of something. It’s ridiculous!
However, when National Pancake Day showed up on my iPhone calendar, I was giddy with delight. You see, pancakes are one of Isabelle’s favorite foods. Plus, I have a good gluten-free pancake mix that isn’t just edible; it actually tastes good!
On a typical weekday morning, Isabelle receives two choices for breakfast: English muffin or oatmeal. Therefore, she was excited about “Pancake Day” since it’s rare that I make pancakes on a weekday. However, she was more interested in playing with her stuffed animals, rather than helping, until she heard the sound of the mixer combining the dry and wet ingredients.
“Mommy, can I help you?” she called from her play room.
“Sure! Bring your helper tower in!”
Within two minutes, Isabelle appeared with her doll, Little Isabelle, in-hand. “What can we do?” she asked.
“You can help me drop chocolate chips onto the pancakes so long as you can be careful. Do not touch the griddle. It is VERY hot.”
“Okay, Mommy. We’ll be careful.”
Isabelle and Little Isabelle climbed onto the helper tower. Then, Isabelle asked, “Can I wear an apron too?”
“Yes you can,” I said as I shifted to my left to grab her apron out of the drawer.
“Do you have an apron for Little Isabelle?” she asked.
“No, honey, I don’t. Just for you.”
“That’s okay. I have one for her,” she said, pretending to put an apron on her doll as I tied hers onto her.
Just as I was about to pour the batter onto the griddle, Isabelle asked, “Can I eat some chocolate chippies?”
“After,” I said. “You need to drop the chocolate chips onto the pancakes first. Then, I’ll give you a bowl so you can eat some while the pancakes cook.”
Since I’m the kind of person who is good to their word, I poured a small bowl of chocolate chips for Isabelle who, in turn, shared them with Little Isabelle.
In the end, we enjoyed our pancakes with what might have been too much whipped cream. But that’s okay. It’s National Pancake Day. Not a bad way to start a Tuesday!