red oatmeal

The mornings are still chilly and I’m still wanting something warm to eat for breakfast.  But I’m also feeling the need to lighten up as the days lengthen, and feel myself moving towards eating more fruit rather than the full bowl of warm grains I favor during the winter.  A perfect morning for some warm spiced apples!  Apples sliced in the pan with just a little water and maple syrup, then a dash of cinnamon, and just as it all starts bubbling I think of the bag of organic strawberries in the freezer. These are typically additions to my smoothies, but without hesitation, I add a few to the simmering apple mixture, turn heat to low, and cover.  But I still want some grain.  So instead of making a separate pan of oatmeal, I throw about a quarter cup of hearty organic old-fashioned oats (not steel cut) into the liquidy stewing fruit, add a tad more water, and stand there watching the contents of the pan turn red….

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When the red oatmeal is done, the contents of the pan is transferred to a perfect bowl and sprinkled with chia seeds…

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YUM.  A perfect combination of warm and sweet and sour and red and protein.  I am aware that I need just this little bit of oatmeal grain, no more.  What I seem to need more of is the red, the luscious tang and zing of the red.  Sitting next to me is my new birthday book (from friends Julie and Mary), “Wicca in the Kitchen” by Scott Cunningham.  It is a fun book that offers the ritual qualities inherent in certain foods and the power of making food magic.  So what food magic have I created this morning?  I look up strawberry and am told that ‘this delicious fruit is useful in love diets’.  It carries the energy of the planet Venus, the element of water and love.  I am told that oats also carries the energy of Venus, the element earth, and money.  Hmmmm.  So, sitting here eating my magic potion and feeling the love, I am also aware of the very real and lingering need for the prosperity that is symbolized by money as well, reflecting on how poignantly these two energies, of love and money, do not collide consistently…

And then Ben calls.  He tells me he will be singing the song ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’ in his variety hour at school on Friday!  I can’t wait to hear him sing this song, and I can’t stop humming the melody now.  I also keep getting stuck on the second line of ‘it’s the only thing that’s there just too little of….” and look up the lyrics…

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, lord, if you want to know.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

No, not just for some, oh, but just for everyone.

And there it is.  The message of the morning has come full circle and is clear and present and heartfelt…of finding love and finding balance …and think, what the world needs now is red oatmeal…smile smile…

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