So, today in class I grabbed a piece of my new 5 gum – the “Truth or Dare” kind and read all three dares.
The one that stood out most and that I could answer immediately (meaning it didn’t require me to wink at the person next to me or sing like I do in the shower) read, “If you could move to any city across the globe, where would it be?”
If I were to be asked that question three years ago, I would have said I wanted to move back to St. Paul, Minnesota before the question was even finished.
If you asked me three months ago, I probably would have said either Rome or somewhere near the beach.
So what did I answer today?
Well, I opened the gum, read the question, set the wrapper down, and actually thought about it for a while. (I wasn’t paying attention in Journalism 101 - if you were wondering)
I filed through all the memories of places I’ve lived in and visited in my magnificent eighteen years of life.
I’ve got most of my family in Minnesota – where I grew up - and Wisconsin, and both of those states will always hold an irreplaceable niche in my heart.
I’ve never been to Greece, Spain, Australia, London… the list goes on, and all of those places have been on my “Must-Visit-Before-Death” list for who knows how long.
And, of course, I can’t help but think about Chino Hills. Even though it can be unbearably boring for a teenager at times, it’s one of the safest cities in SoCal, it’s where I (halfway) grew up, it’s where many of my friends are, so I think it does deserve a little part of what I call “home”.
However, none of these places satisfied the gum question – one I probably gave too much thought and energy for being on the back of a gum wrapper. Oh well.
So here’s my answer – I’d stay here.
Yupp, that’s right. I’d pack up all my stuff (Mom and Dad, you can come, too if you want) and settle right here in quaint little San Luis Obispo.
It’s not my hometown where I was born or where I went through puberty or met all my all my high school best friends, but I realize now that I have grown up here, too. I’ve developed friendships unlike any others, I’ve rekindled and strengthened my relationship with God, and I’ve, well, I’ve become the “me” I’ve always wanted to be.
Being in SLO, away from home, away from friends and family, away from everything that was comfortable, gaining independence, courage, and confidence (not without some struggle, of course) helps me realize more and more everyday that I’m right where God wants me, that He put me here for a reason.
And I’m committed and thrilled and determined to find out what He has planned for me.
Hey, I bet these pancakes with fresh peanut butter from the most marvelous farmer’s market ever are all part of His super cool little arrangement for my life.
Makes 1 serving (2 stacks)
¼ cup oat flour
2 tbsp. brown rice krispies cereal
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
coconut oil, for greasing pan
2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
2 tbsp. homemade jam
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and grease with coconut oil.
- In a medium size bowl, combine the dry ingredients – the flour, cereal, protein powder, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon – and set aside.
- Whisk the egg whites and Greek yogurt in a separate bowl and then pour into the dry ingredients.
- Pour spoonfuls of the batter onto the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides.
- Remove from skillet and lay one pancake on the plate and spread with jam. Add another pancake on top and spread with peanut butter. Repeat the process with all the pancakes.
- Serve immediately!