Caramel Apples: Dealing With the Unexpected in Life
by Charlotte Siems
If there’s such a thing as seasonal foods, caramel apples are one of them. They seem to go best with cool weather and Fall leaves. Homemade, that is. Eating a dark chocolate-covered caramel apple at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is appropriate at any time.
For homemade caramel apples, gather the supplies. Nice, tart green apples:
A bag of caramels, unwrapped by several children under close supervision and frequent reminders of “No, you can’t eat one,” then lusciously melted in a bowl:
Next, the sticks. Oh, wait a minute, we don’t have any sticks. Never mind, adapt:
While a caramel-apple-on-a-spoon may not make the front cover of a cooking magazine, it served its purpose. We used what we had on hand, and didn’t send someone to the store for sticks.
Adapting and asking yourself “What do I have in my hand?” is a useful skill for life. It keeps you focused on the solution rather than the problem.
You get what you focus on, you know.
Focus on the problems and worries and you get more. Focus on what you can do and how you can solve, you get answers and energy and power.
Here’s what this looks like in a variety of situations:
Out of hamburger buns? Sloppy Joes on regular bread taste just as good.
Limited funds for homeschool curriculum? Copywork takes care of spelling, punctuation, handwriting, writing and grammar for young students and the only cost is paper.
House a wreck? Smile, gather the kids, create a prize, set a timer and go!
Kids get the stomach flu? Cancel appointments, gather bowls and towels, make pallets in a main room and decide to handle it. Cheerfully.
Schedule gets crazy? Pause long enough to make a plan, figure out your purpose in doing each thing. If you can’t find a compelling purpose for doing something, stop doing it.
Schedule a teleclass then get injured in a car wreck? Reschedule, re-engineer and know that the class will be even better because you’re living what you teach.
What do you have in your hand?
The important thing is not to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble. Even more so, not to get totally stressed out and practically hysterical when things aren’t working out or a piece is missing.
When you don’t adapt, you miss out on what could be—-the feeling of satisfaction in your ingenuity and ability to go with the flow. You might even miss out on a delicious caramel apple.
Leave a comment below and tell us how you adapt!