On Wednesday night, Thatboy had a nightmare. It involved the three of us in a plane crash in the streets of LA where there were in hiding because of the street warfare/rioting. When we awoke on Friday, Thatboy told me it was like his dream had come true. There was a war going on in the streets of Boston, he told me. While we waited for Thatbaby to wake up, we updated ourselves on the news. A deadly manhunt for the Marathon bombers.
Friday, like most of the country, I spent the workday alternating between work and live feeds of the manhunt progress. When we were both home, I updated Thatboy with the lack of success. We ate and I headed out for my run, thinking about the people of Boston, the community trying to heal, lacking closure, and still in fear.
I ran into my neighbor as I returned from my run. "They caught him" she informed me, and filled me in on the details. No preface was needed. That simple sentence - she knew I would know what she was referring to. We all, as a nation, were of one mind.
And on Friday, we joined as a nation - not in celebration, because there is nothing to celebrate. The catching of a terrorist isn't laudable, because there is still so much sadness connected with the act. But we joined as a nation in a sigh of relief. That at least we could sleep a little easier that night. That there would be no more gunfire or explosions on the streets of Boston. No more innocent lives lost in relation to this incident.
It's a feeling of comfort, knowing that we as a nation can come together and fight an injustice. A feeling of safety, knowing the men and women in law enforcement risk their lives so we may be protected. And so I made cookies. Not just any cookies. Boston cookies. You know my love for the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Fannie Farmer, the author of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, includes in her book a recipe for Boston cookies. There's no explanation as to the name, but the description is : "Chewy, wholesome, full of good tastes and textures." And the idea of a wholesome cookie, filled with good taste seems to be just what we need right about now.
Boston Cookies (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup flour
1/ tsp baking soda
few grains of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
12 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 and butter some cookie sheets. Cream the butter.
- Gradually add the sugar, mixing well.
- Beat in the egg.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and add to the first mixture, blending thoroughly.
- Add the nuts and raisins and mix well. Arrange by spoonfuls, 1 inch apart o the cookie sheets and bake 10-12 minutes, or until delicately brown.