I don't know how you are, but I typically find that healthy treats end up being much more unhealthy than the desserts with no redeeming qualities. If it has something like flax seed or oatmeal, it is easily justified in my as a health food and I finish half a batch by myself. Where as if I consume one bite of some chocolate-y butter-y concoction results in an immediate trip to the gym and salads for the following 3 meals. I feel no guilt in downing mass quantities of my dessert when guised as healthy with a little oatmeal to counteract the butter and sugar that still remain in great quantity.
So with the cookies I made, while oatmeal was a part of the equation, so were 2 cups of butter and 4 cups of sugar. This is not something that I can justify in good conscience as a health food, but I sure do trick my mind into believing it is so. So I hereby claim these delightful pumpkin oatmeal cookies no exception to the trickery. You too can claim them as a health food as I do, just don't ask for a doctor's opinion or a dietitians- they will disagree...
Besides the fact that these cookies were oh-so-healthy (kinda-sorta) they were the first Christmas cookie of the season. Magic finally began! Usually this process starts a lot earlier, but I was busy celebrating a pretty stellar union of my high school best friend to her man, so cookie creation was delayed.
Since these cookies were the first of the season, I decided consumption was necessary. I had to try one or six... (I must admit I did enjoy these a lot.) I justified it by the oatmeal and ignored all of the other not-so-healthy ingredients. I pretended like I didn't add as much butter and sugar as I really had and clung to that oatmeal-is-an-ingredient-so-it's-healthy for dear life. The oatmeal was my golden ticket to a delightfully sweet Christmas treat. The cookie may be chalk-full of butter and sugar but it was also full of oatmeal. The oatmeal allowed me to feel okay about all of the not-so-diet-conscious counterparts that existed in the recipe. I could have admited that it is not a healthy cookie if I really studied the ratio of healthy to non-healthy ingredients, but sometimes you have just got to claim that oatmeal and believe in the end that health will prevail.
I feel this is kind of true about life. Events of late, the shootings, wars, kidnappings and all of those other unexplainable, irredeemable events being splashed around the news, have made it hard to have faith in our world. I am fairly certain this saying will never be adopted by anyone, but I say in these situations that you have got to cling to the oatmeal. It is easy to remember the destructive things. The things that ruin us and make us struggle to achieve our end goal. In the midst of many gut-wrenching awful things that are happening every day, I want to challenge us to seek the little glimmers of hope fighting their way to the top. There may be a whole lot of broken things about our society, but there is still good. Don't believe me? Kids at our school just collected over 1500 cans to go to our local food bank. Our students are running at recess to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and one student decided to give her whole 20 dollars of savings to help our cause. In our title-1 school, companies have come together to make sure that 40 of our families have a fancy dinner and presents to give their children for the holidays. A third grade class collected a big box full of pajamas to send to the families affected by the hurricane. This is just in one school. One small community. And this is not an exception. Instead of dwelling on the tragic, let's keep pouring our energy into these endeavors and encourage those who are trying to bring light to dark places. They are all around us and especially in this holiday season. Let's gather together and encourage our children to walk in these ways. Sometimes the smallest of voices can be heard the clearest and their songs for justice can sound the sweetest. Show them the path to a brighter tomorrow. Take hope in their efforts and remember the words of Frederick Douglas, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Mixed in with all the junk, there is still oatmeal! There is still light! There is still hope!
"Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." Proverbs 22:6