My youngest baby is 4 years old. She attends the preschool at the elementary school where her older brothers also attend. It’s only 3 mornings a week, but my Princess thinks she’s a big girl, going to a big kid’s school. I also have the opportunity to volunteer in her class, twice a month. And since she is my youngest, and growing up so fast, I’m enjoying these special dates we have at school together. I get to watch her as she plays with her friends, see how she handles conflict and stand amazed as she writes her name and works on her assignments.
This particular day was extra special. The preschoolers were learning about the letter ‘P’ this week and today was Pajama Day. Wasn’t I the lucky one? Sure enough, My Princess and I went to school in our baggy pajamas. My boys thought this was hilarious. But, I was happy to learn that today we were going to make pancakes. And nothing out of a box, but actual Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes. Yum! I scored today!
Deanna, one of our preschooler moms, was kind enough to make these awesome pancakes.
“This is the best pancake recipe,” she told the moms and the class.
Deanna sat in front of the class, with her small work table and big bowl. She kindly explained to the wide-eyed children the ingredients required to make the pancakes. We counted the cups of flour (one-two- three-four), the eggs (one-two- three-four), the cups of buttermilk (one-two- three-four)… well, you get the picture!
Each child got to come to the front and stir the dry ingredients together. Deanna carefully held the bowl so that white powder wouldn’t fly through the classroom. Deanna stirred in the wet ingredients because you don’t want to over-mix the batter. The kids were read: If You Gave A Pig A Pancake and Deanna worked the electric griddle in the back of the classroom and started to cook the pancakes (about 3 minutes each side). The rest of us quickly set the table as the smell of pancakes made everyone drool.
“These are the best pancakes you will ever try, and I know pancakes!” Deanna told us.
And, she was right! These babies were fluffy, and puffed up beautifully. We gave each preschooler one little pancake and everyone wanted seconds!! And when their tummies were full, they returned to the rainbow rug to hear another story, and the moms huddled in the back, and gobbled down the remaining pancakes!
“Aren’t these the best?” Deanna asked.
“Oh yeah,” we replied, with sticky mouths and happy tummies.
Sometimes volunteering in preschool is a chore, and sometimes I admit that I grumble to myself that it’s my turn to work all 3 hours in the classroom. But, not today. I may have gained a pound for eating a second breakfast that day, but it was a pound well worth gaining. And nothing beats seeing my Princess and her friends giggling and laughing in their pajamas and enjoying their pancakes in preschool.
Remember to enjoy the sweet moments life gives you!