A Green Miracle

     On Christmas Eve, Annie and I spent a few hours in the kitchen baking Mom Mom Duffield’s candy cane cookies. It wasn’t as easy as the recipe suggested, but we tackled it and made a huge amount of red and white batter. We forgot to add the granular sugar in one batch, but then couldn't remember if we added it along with the powdered sugar in the second batch. It didn’t matter. The batter tasted great anyway. And the secret was that crazy almond extract. And even better, we once again possessed that Betty Crocker “Cooky Book”, thanks to Amazon and Annie’s search.

     Before Thanksgiving this year, I lost one of my pretty green peridot and diamond earrings somewhere in or outside this house. Before Mom Mom passed away in 2003, she gave me those earrings and I was particularly irritated at myself for losing one now, after all these years. I wrapped the lone earring in a tissue and carefully stored it in my jewelry box. So, getting ready that Christmas Eve morning, I glanced at the rolled tissue in my jewelry box. I said out loud, “God - this would surely be a great day to find that earring, considering Annie and I are gonna bake “her” cookies from the Cooky Book tonight.” 

     We laughed as we tried to roll out the dough, the white and red, twisting and pinching the strands. Our candy cane shapes weren’t too pretty; more like a fat flat Peter Max creation, but they sure did smell and taste good. I decided to make the leftover batch green and turn them into wreaths. Much easier to roll out and bend in a circle. We laughed and thought, “Mom Mom, no wonder you were in the kitchen for days making these things!” My wreaths baked up to look more like monster truck tires. 

      This was the first year too for me to put lights on my outdoor shrubs around our porch here in Tennessee. And it’s also the first Christmas without our Pop Geo and brother Wayne. Lots and lots of thoughts and emotions for sure. I took a break from the hot kitchen to catch a glimpse of that awesome full moon. Outside on the front yard while I walked across the grass, I saw something shining and reflecting from the lights. It was flickering as if it was on fire. I bent down to see what it was, and behold - there was my earring! My green birthstone diamond peridot earring that Mom Mom and Pop Geo gave me. I ran into the house and shouted, “I can’t believe this! I found my earring!” 

      The likelihood that I’d drape Christmas lights on my shrubs this year? Rare. The chances that I’d go outside to see the full moon that night? It’s possible. And the change of the cookie dough to green? Crazy. And the reflection of a flickering green twinkle light revealing my treasured green peridot earring in a sea of green grass? A miracle. A surreal green miracle. Thank you, Mom Mom, for smiling upon us and thank you, God, for showing me how to pay attention, again.



Laura Pierce January 01, 2016 @12:01 am
What an amazing story! God is good!
Carol Mangogna December 31, 2015 @11:33 am
There is nothing hid that shall not be revealed. He heard your hearts prayer and gave you a Christmas Miracle showing you he hears you when you speak to Him. Have a Blessed New Year!!
Jody December 31, 2015 @10:45 am
Even during the times a person thinks she is going crazy in trying to find a lost item God always knows where it is! Once I lost a diamond from my wedding ring, I prayed then felt compelled to search with a flashlight in my long blue shag rug. Took a couple hours, but it was found! I definitely learned lessons on patience, perseverance and trust in the Lord that day.
Betty Swift December 31, 2015 @10:08 am
God is faithful! He cares about what we care about.
Alma Jenkins December 30, 2015 @11:29 pm
Hi Sue. We saw the moon too here in SC. Crazy moon that night. Glad you found your earring and so much more. Happy New Year!
Terri Langston December 30, 2015 @11:21 pm
I believe there will be so many stories like this, that will be revealed to us - one day. My heart's desire is that I never "miss" these God-wink moments. Thank you, Sue, for posting this. It would make a great "made for television" Christmas movie! LOL!
Ann-Louise Smith December 30, 2015 @09:32 pm
God is good. I remember losing my diamond ring before Sonny died and I was sick about it. A month after he died, I was again vacuuming the bedroom and when I unplugged the vacuum something dropped out on the floor and it was my ring. Now if I could only find the bracelet I bought for a friend the day after I arrived in WV. I was sure I put it in my bedroom and can't find it anywhere.
Eileen Murray December 30, 2015 @09:17 pm
That full moon on Christmas Eve generated a lot of miracles, I'm thinking. A great story, Sue. And even greater - the way you write. Captivating and always teaches me something. Can't wait for your book.
Denise December 30, 2015 @08:57 pm
So glad you found the earring not so much for the gem value although it is beautiful but for who gave it to you and how precious it is to you. God is good
Julie McNamara December 30, 2015 @08:51 pm
OH Sue, I just cried at this amazing story. I was shopping in Target last week, when I kinda said out loud, "I miss Chex Mix. I miss the smell, the taste.. and I miss my mom." I turned the corner, and in a split second, I saw a box of Chex Mix fall from the shelf. Oh my.
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