Fire Pit Opening Night

Friday evening we invited a few friends over to enjoy s’mores around the fire pit for the first time this year.

Hubby started the fire, because, as I say, I’m great at killing them. He’s explained the process to me a gazillion times, but the know-how just doesn’t translate into crackling fires for me. More like smoldering, smoky, quickly-cooled piles of wood and ash.

Another tidbit for you — this whole “invite friends over for s’mores” thing was my idea, and I hate s’mores. If you’ve never enjoyed this American summer staple, I’ll try to describe it to you.

Three marshmallows

First you need marshmallows. Not marshmallow fluff from a jar, but individual marshmallows. Puffy soft and sweet, made from corn syrup and sugar.

Next you need Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, broken into four sections

S’mores also require sweet graham crackers. Why are they called “crackers”? Is it because you can “crack” them into quarters? I don’t know. The ingredients are two kinds of flour, sugar, oil, honey, and a few other things.

That’s it for the ingredient list: three sweets that will be combined to create . . . sweet.

A marshmallow is crammed onto the end of a stick and held over the fire until it reaches the optimum golden or blackened shade of burnt, depending upon the roaster’s tastes.

Once it’s the perfect color, it’s squeezed together with a section of chocolate bar between two halves of a graham cracker. The hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and oozes out the sides, often creating sticky fingers and faces.

The humble s’more

This delicacy contains *only* 14.5g of sugar. “Way too sweet for me!” I tell myself as I eat a whole chocolate bar instead (25g of sugar).

I’m used to the shocked pauses and stares I get when folks hear that I don’t like s’mores, as if they never thought they’d meet someone like me. I can almost hear them wondering, “How is this even possible??”

But possible it is, and I’m here to tell you so. My peculiar qualities aren’t limited to my distaste for s’mores, either!

Do you know what else is possible?

It’s possible that you are unique, with unusual interests and novel hobbies.

What topics do you enjoy learning about most? What do you love to do in your free time?

It’s possible that you were made with uncommon gifts and talents to fill a space that no one else is quite built for.

What can you do that a lot of folks around you can’t, or they at least find difficult to do?

It’s possible that your interests were given to you by our Creator because he has a purpose for your life.

Have you started exploring how you might point others to him through your interests, gifts, and talents?

It’s possible that you are different for a reason. Soak it up and revel in it! The world needs you!

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Matthew 5:14-16 NLT

S’more Photo by Kenrick Mills on Unsplash

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