Thursday, October 15, 2009

The One With the $22 Bread

In my opinion, nothing is going to top DK’s post from yesterday... I am pretty excited about pre-selling my CDs. And make no mistake: I have been hard at work. It is 1:07 a.m. and yes, I am still at it. I had four different singers over today to record, and now I am trying to make it all work together. With varying degrees of success. If you haven’t ordered your CDs yet, go down a post and click the link. It is super fun! And don’t forget to check out my “All About the Baby” blog. I am going to put up another song tomorrow (okay, well... today, I guess it is), so there are some sneak peeks.

But tonight I am stopping for a moment to ponder where my bread is. I am going to guess somewhere in the air over the midwest. I did not have time to make a package today, but one of my boys was in need of bread. It happened to be Ethan, in Virginia. He pointed out that I have never (not once) sent him a package, and that furthermore the chow hall at the Naval Base does not even try to approximate home cooking. That is sad, but true. What he really wanted was homemade bread. Homemade bread is less delectable after three or four (or six) days. So I made the bread... all white, as per request. Sliced it, bagged it, and headed over to Fedex with two very soft, fresh loaves. There the Fedex employee who saw me cramming the loaves into one of those three-inch high Fedex boxes was very offended. She yelled across the room: Stop! You’re squishing that bread! She insisted on finding me an larger box and padding the bread so that it would arrive fluffy instead of a compressed ball of dough.

The package... it wasn’t my best work. A quickly typed letter from Mom, a Nightmare Before Christmas CD, the bread, and a well bubble-wrapped jar of homemade jam. But it was the best I could do today. Or this week. Or this month. And I couldn’t help but think: Two loaves of homemade white bread: 50 cents. Fedex standard overnight shipping: $22. A package from home: Priceless.

8 comments:

Carolyn said...

You are a wonder mom! I still need to send that boy some cookies. My last batch wasn't up to par so I need to go buy more chocolate chips at this point.

I can't wait to hear that CD.

shelby said...

mmm i miss your homemade bread and honey butter from young womens :(

sad but true said...

I miss them, too.....and I would think I would merit some more often than others but I guess less often than Ethan.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

After making bread using your recipe I now have my grownup kids asking for loaves of bread. Even by friends want to know when I'm baking. So, I understand your need to see that your son got his wish. Hope all is going well with your CD.

Cherie said...

Oh man you are an AWESOME mom!!

Victoria said...

It was totally worth the $22... I Fedexed them Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (Cali time) and they were delivered at 10:30 the next morning in Virginia. And by noon I was getting texts from Ethan on my phone: You are the best mom! Fedex... a mom's best friend.

Stephanie said...

"...package from home: Priceless"...hahaha. I laughed out loud on that one. That's great.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

A package from loved ones is fabulous!! What a good mom you are. I love that the fedex gal tried to save your bread. Thats good customer service right there (unless of course she charged you more, haha).