You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
(I just put the wantons in a muffin tin, fill and bring tops together then bake)
Egg Drop Soup
At one time, I used to find working with rice paper and wanton wrappers a little intimidating. But one fun filled cooking class with my Trio friends and voila! I am a certified rice paper wrapping, wanton wrapper folding fiend. I make this kind of lunch as often as I can and sharing it with friends just makes it better!
Do you know what you can learn? ANYTHING YOU WANT!
Would you like to know the optimal time to learn it? ANYTIME YOU WANT!
I recently had the opportunity to speak at convocation for Portage College in Lac La Biche, Alberta. My father was being awarded a posthumous honorary parchment in University Studies for personifying lifelong learning (he was a student there at age 75) and tirelessly encouraging his (much younger) classmates to finish their education despite doubt, hardship and full on adversity. It wasn’t necessarily his intellect that inspired such an award; it was his curiosity and interaction with others.
He was not afraid to learn about domestic pursuits like cooking (that must be where I get it!) and laundry. In the 80’s, I can remember him bringing home a cookbook on stir-fry’s, intrigued that he could fix such exotic culinary fare in his own kitchen. Once he discovered a penchant for cooking dinner, my mother excitedly stepped away from the stove – permanently. The only down side was you had to like green peppers. He put them in everything!
And his laundry skills were legendary. He would brag that he could get the stains out of anything. His methods may have been dated – and potentially hazardous – but he did it. It was probably that Eagle Scout training. I just use Oxy-clean.
But above all the trivial pursuits, he attacked life with a gregarious and outgoing nature. He understood that learning happens not only through books but through curiosity and human connection.
Whether it’s hanging out with friends, traveling with our families, or just taking in the wonder of an ordinary day, growing and learning from these experiences is up to us.
So don’t forget to look up from your texting and googling once in a while.
Your legacy is not encrypted in a digital code, the number of views you receive nor can it be summed up in a hashtag.
Your legacy is what people will remember about the way you actually spoke to them, treated them, and loved them.
When you chose to know more, you do more.
And as Maya Angelou once said, “When you know better, you do better.”
That applies to life…and working with rice paper.
Peace and Light,
The Busy Buddha