Fall my favorite season of the year is here, air is crisp and chill, leaves are turning color, days are getting shorter yet life seems to be getting busier. Hard to believe we are at the tail end of the year.
Last week my eight year old and I were reading book together, I love when I cuddle up with the little one, he is a curious kid and loves to listen putting his head on my lap. These moments I cherish I wonder if he would be the same five years from now and still think it’s cool to listen to amma read with his head on my lap, wishful thinking I guess. But the end result of the book reading got me thinking ,it’s a book about extra ordinary adventurers and explorers for kids, has two page stories about greatest explorers starting from Hercules to as latest as Mae Jemison.
We read about 5th century Chinese explorer Hoei-shin who some argue was the first to discover America, as we were into the story I was thinking what is it in a person that pushes them to thread waters never threaded, discover places never explored, lead rather that follow given the perils and uncertainty of the surroundings. In an age of GPS and information overload where every turn is monitored and every move is directed and every action is predicted how do we keep with spirit of adventure, more importantly how do we nurture this spirit in kids. I grew up in a society with boundaries drawn, and I often see myself behaving the same with kids, like my parents I have their best intentions at heart. I want my kids to draw their own boundaries want them define their dream on their own yet fear giving them that freedom. Parenting I guess is a lesson you read and practice every day of your life till your last breath.
Makes for about 3~4 servings
Takes 20 min
3~4 cups of Spaghetti cooked according to instructions
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
4~5 juiciest and ripest you can find, diced into cubes
½ tspn red pepper flakes
2 tbsp of Olive oil
1 cup of roasted Brussels sprouts and beans (optional)
Few sprigs of fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper according to taste
1. Warm olive oil in a pan and add garlic, sauté for 30 seconds or so and then add crushed pepper flakes
2. Now add diced tomatoes and sauté for about a minute and now add salt and sauté for about a minute of two
3. Add basil leaves,Brussels sprouts and beans and toss well.
4. Add cooked spaghetti and toss till it well coated
5. Adjust for salt and pepper
Remove from heat and serve with grated cheese and a good loaf of bread. Here’s to my kids and for them to always have the spirit of adventure just like the super hero they worship Elon Musk.