National S’mores Day

Fire pit

Full moon

This morning on the Today Show, I learned that it is National S’mores Day. Hurrah!! I think. I am now wondering if it is also National Fire Pit night because to celebrate and to have S’mores you certainly need a fire pit or a bonfire or something with fire. Of course the news show this morning showed lots of ways to eat the graham cracker/chocolate/melted marshmallow mess in all sorts of ways including in your kitchen with the marshmallows melted over candles. I would not recommend that unless you have the fire department and your insurance on speed dial, and then I might not confess what caused the trouble. They also showed examples of how some fancy restaurants are now creating desserts with those flavors in mind.

Well here in our town just south of the North Dakota/South Dakota border we tend to eat them outside huddled around a fir pit of some sort. We sit on lawn chairs, drink pop (no soda around here) or coffee or even some have a beer now and then. We put our marshmallows on long forks with wooden handles that we bought at some large department store, and we compare our preferred methods of cooking them. Some of us let the buggers start on fire and peel off the charcoal and eat the goo. Others toast it carefully until it is just a bubbly brown, and a few throw the burned up mess in the fire and start over. We watch the moon rise over the dike and comment on the breeze that often blows the smoke in our face. We notice things like the bats flying overhead eating up the mosquitos as they go. We listen for the sound of the owls hooting in the dusk, and we complain about the cars and pickup trucks that speed past the intersection with mufflers that would have gotten them pulled over in the middle 1970’s when we were teenagers.

That is life in our small town. Some days I want to run away to a bigger city to live close to the grandchildren. Sometimes I want to blare the Simon and Garfunkel song: “Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town” out the window. And sometimes I want to ask the people who appoint themselves in charge of this and that exactly from where do they get their ideas. And I realize that if you want to win the war you have to be very strategic about picking your battles. I believe I have chosen mine, now I just need to get to work on it, and when I am finished, I will share it with you here, but until that time, I will keep it to myself, and just sit in my yard, especially today on National Day of celebrating S’Mores, and I will enjoy what is right here in front of me at this time. Enjoy your day!!

Jaxon time

Jaxon in the sandbox.

Jaxon in the sandbox.

Eating S'mores.

Eating S’mores.

Chocolate face.

Chocolate face.


I thought today would be the day to work on the next sermon. I preach three Sundays in a row. Yikes, can’t imagine doing this every Sunday, though maybe I could. Hmmm. Went to my room, did a little reading, lots of computer games then some dozing.

What I really enjoyed about this day was the time spent with Jaxon. We played together in the sand box then I had to clean him up into a new outfit because he wanted to spend the majority of the time burying his feet and hands. He was sand from head to toe.

Later this evening when Victoria went along to Eureka to play softball, we had more alone time. We watched tv and played some computer games until he got mad and said that I didn’t let him play. I thought he was telling me to help him. Next he wanted a S’more. I wasn’t sure at first what he was asking, but when I figured it out we got to work. We made a microwave S’more the way Paulina does it. Jaxon loves how the marshmallow grows in the microwave. Anyway, it was bathtime when he finished with that. Another outfit messed up for the day.

Now we are sitting in the living room and he is playing with his cars on his carpet full of roads. What a day. This will be one I will treasure in the weeks and months to come. On Friday his parents sign papers, and on Saturday they move all their belongings from Jamestown to Hebron. A new phase in the life of a Dakota family on the fringe of the oil fields. At least with this phase they will be together every night and on days off.

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