"Mom, would you like me to spell you?"
"No, I'm ok," I said.
"I'm going to give you a break anyway," he insisted.
As I waited for his arrival, I thought about what a lovely phrase it is: "Can I spell you?" I don't think it's a phrase often used these days, is it? Just like the phrase, "Sit a spell." How often do you hear those words out of anyone's mouth who's under 60? I like the old-fashioned phrases and words. They make me think of simple days, of my grandparents and even my own parents who aren't so very old, and I wonder if one day my grandchildren will remember words and phrases that I used?
That reminds me. Yesterday JLo (first-DIL) and I were working in the kitchen on some plantain infused oil. I had gathered a basketful of it from below the backyard and was washing it up and spinning it dry. The grandkids were here too and they just love to mess around in the kitchen at whatever I'm doing. We were packing the plantain leaves into mason jars and pouring oil over them. I remembered that I had some mini glass roll-on containers that I thought might be nice to put some of the oil in for carrying in a purse or diaper bag when the need arises. As I was fishing them out of the plastic, Peach and Toodles thought that they would each like a "potion jar" as they call them to take outside. They proceeded out the screen door with their jars in hand and collected a few rose petals in them, determined to make their own potions. It thrills my heart to see them creating things from nature, whether real or pretend. They see us and they want to do it too. JLo said we may need to make a recipe book of Gram's potions one day for wedding gifts.
If you are curious about making plantain infused oil or salve, click on these links: Wellness Mama or Mommypotomus. Plantain oil or salve is great for relieving bug bits, poison ivy or oak, for healing scrapes, burns or nasty diaper rashes. Check out MK's posts about it too! Sit a spell and enjoy the reading!