Things You Can Do with Oatmeal

I make granola for people. I make it for nieces and nephews at sports camps. That’s how I know to weasel in all the extra calories in peanut butter and honey and corn syrup and butter. I’ve made it for kids studying for exams – that’s why I put in m&m’s. I’ve sent it across Canada in a canoe. Up the side of a mountain.

It’s gone to palliative care a few times. It’s the perfect food to leave in a hospital room. You can grab a handful and get a healthy dose of calories and sweet. It keeps forever. At 3 in the morning, when you feel alone, it solid proof that I care about you. Here’s love, three hundred calories at a time.

It’s maybe the one thing that I try and make intentionally. I try and hold you in my heart as I mix and measure. I try and send comfort and good wishes in the bag.

This will be the first time I have made it for someone who is dying.

I don’t know her, not really. I’ve met her a few times. She’s nice old lady.

What I know is her greatest achievement. I know her grandson.

I’m watching him navigate this. I’m watching him on the phone, taking notes. I’m watching him pivot and spin and he’s doing it with a lot of grace and composure. I stop every so often and put my hand on his shoulder and tell him how very proud of him I am. I wrap my arms around his neck and pull him into me. This is how we grow. I know that. He’s a bit like a younger brother and he’s growing in leaps and bounds and this is how we do it as adults, but holy hell, it’s hard to see this.

I asked what I could do. It’s going to be fast and hard and very, very ugly. It’s coming quickly.

He asked for granola.

For her.

Because food for a journey.

I can do that.

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2 Responses to Things You Can Do with Oatmeal

  1. Chris says:

    That’s very sweet. And sounds yummy. I’ve never made granola but I’m rather inspired to try to find a recipe and give it a shot now as I love granola and homemade has to be better.

  2. Please could you share your granola recipe? Put in nice jars, it sounds like an excellent Christmas present….

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