Torre has been helping in a soup kitchen ministry that is part of our church here in Mexico. Occasionally I would make cookies to send with him as a thank you to the cooks who prepare the daily meal. After a while they started asking Torre to show them how to make cookies….every week. You have to understand, a lot of Mexicans don’t bake. On top of that, the ovens here do not regulate heat. The flame is either on or it’s off. Can we say oven thermometer?
Since having Lydia I have stepped out of teaching for the year to focus again on learning Spanish. We have gone to the soup kitchen as a family once a month. They adore Lydia. We didn’t realize that one of the ladies, Antoña, was keeping track of the last time I was there with Lydia. So Torre had the bright idea that I go and teach her how to make cookies. I found a recipe that required only items that could be bought here, at an affordable price (ie. no chocolate chips).
It went well. The cookies came out perfect and she seemed to understand how it all goes down. I on the other hand felt frustrated at my inability to speak. There were several times she would say something to me, of which I’d respond, “I understand you. I just can’t speak.” <sigh>
Thankfully cookies have a translation all their own…Joy.