Butter ‘n Curls

Diane Virginia

Danielle’s blond curls brushed Annette’s shoulder as she peered into the stew pot from the bar stool. She pretended to stir, twirling her soda straw as if it were a spoon. Each afternoon, she watched as her mother prepared dinner.

“Sweetheart,” Annette said, handing her daughter the squeeze butter and dinner rolls, “please help Mommy by putting these on the table.”

Annette continued to stir, content that her daughter was away from the boiling stew. Suddenly, she realized the house was quiet.

“Danielle,” Annette called, “are you alright?”

Danielle was fine; she was drawing little butter faces on the dining room table. “I did just what you told me to do,” she responded. “Umm! These taste good!”

For thou didst form my inward parts,

 thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139:13-14a

Annette looked into Danielle’s innocent blue eyes and adored her butter-drenched curls. Enough with my To-Do list, she thought. She had many chores vying for her attention, but she knew what she would do. Today, I will focus my attention on this precious daughter of mine, she thought. She lifted her little girl, handed her an oversized wooden spoon, and approached the stove. Together, mother and daughter stirred the stew.

“We’ll fix dinner together until you’re a big girl,” Annette said. “But soon, you’ll be able to cook on your own.” Annette opened her recipe book. “Do you want to make cookies?”

Danielle’s eyes widened. She shook her head yes, and squealed.

“Well then, pick out a mixing bowl.”

Danielle reached for the biggest bowl.

Annette giggled, imagining what the flour would look like in her daughter’s wispy hair. Surely it would encase those butter-drenched curls! Did it matter though? It did not. Annette was determined to help her daughter discover her God-given talents.

Today, Danielle makes the best desserts around. How did she become such a gifted cook? It began on the day Annette recognized the significance of butter and curls.

Lord Jesus, help me to provide opportunities my children that will help them develop the abilities You have gifted them with.

Copyright © 2016; All Rights Reserved: VineWords Stories and Devotions Inspired by the Vine: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: http://www.vinewords.net

Butter ‘n Curls  is a fictional story based on my daughter, who truly is a great cook, and who really did draw butter faces on the dining room table, as she donned those beautiful butter-drenched curls.

Published: May 14, 2017: The Vision Magazine: Pentecostal Publishing House, 36 Research Park Ct., Weldon Spring, MO, 63304: pentecostalpublishing.com   For PPH, “Annette” was called “Mother,” the scripture was at the beginning, and the take-away was formatted as a statement, “God has deposited within each of His children, innate abilities. As parents, it is our responsibility to provide the resources and opportunities necessary for our children to develop them.”

Copyright © 2016; All Rights Reserved: VineWords Stories and Devotions Inspired by the Vine: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: http://www.vinewords.net

Butter ‘n Curls  is a fictional story based on my daughter, who truly is a great cook, and who really did draw butter faces on the dining room table, as she donned those beautiful butter-drenched curls.

Published (similar version): May 14, 2017: The Vision Magazine: Pentecostal Publishing House, 36 Research Park Ct., Weldon Spring, MO, 63304: pentecostalpublishing.com

 

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