Many of you may know that my youngest, Scooter, considers himself quite the chef. It is quite often for that almost 4 year old to go in the kitchen, and start piling ingredients into some kind of container with no rhyme or reason. Rarely does he make something other than a mess, but it is a passion of his, and one that we would like to help feed.
Today when he and I got home from taking the older kids to school, he decided he wanted to be "Chef Scooter" and make a salad. He proceeded to take some tomatoes and avocados off the counter and placed them in a bowl. Took the bowl to the table, told me to get some plates, he went and got a spoon, and wanted to devour his salad.
Now tomatoes and avocados can make a great salad. But usually we cut them up, and peel and pit the avocados. Maybe add a few more ingredients, etc. Well I wanted to let him express his creative side, but I also have those tomatoes and avacados for a taco salad I am planning for dinner tonight.
I suggested to him that we could make something else, like popcorn, or toast. He said "No. Salad" He wanted that salad. NOW! I told him, I needed those things for tonight's dinner, and he could help me make the salad then. Nope, not good enough.
Finally I got him to consider other options. But still they needed to be his creation. He wanted cupcake marshmallow pie. What ever that is. I asked him how we make it. He looked around the kitchen, and saw some apples. "It maybe has some apples." He said. So I took an apple, and asked him if we needed it cut up. "Yep." he said. So I cut the apple and put it in a container. Then he started suggesting the marshmallows. We don't have any, so then he decided he needed to look in a cookbook. I suggested we could add some cinnamon, he was ok with that. Then while he was looking in his cookbook, I also added some lemon juice. He found a picture of a fruit salad in the cookbook and decided to add some oranges. So after we peeled the oranges and broke them into slices, he added them to our salad.
Then I pulled out the pomegranate. This is a fruit he has no memory of eating before. We only have it during the holiday season. He thought it was an apple at first, but after I cut it open and showed him how to pull out the seeds, and let him try one, he had found a new favorite fruit. He continued to eat a quarter of the pomegranate, while I put another quarter in his salad. Then we put it in the fridge to wait for lunch.
While I was going through this experience with him the Spirit spoke to me. How often am I like Scooter. I think I know what I want to do, and I want it now. I don't want to accept suggestions or help from someone who maybe knows more than I do. I want to do it my way, even if my way doesn't really work as well. I may look around and what ever catches my eye is what I think I need at the moment. But if I will take the time to look at instructions like Scooters cookbook (in my case scriptures, teachings of prophets and apostles), and ask for help from someone with experience, I can have a much more successful experience. I can learn a lot more and have a more positive outcome.