Cinnamon Waffles

Funny Story. So last night, I heard Seamus Heaney read his masterful poetry using gutteral irish and Scottish sounding words like glar and glit and dailygone. I caught the last train to Ipswich that was full of drunkards fresh from the Bruins victory. And then I was so distracted by them, I missed my stop. I noticed I missed my stop while the train was still moving slowly, and almost did a Charlie’s Angels roll out the side car door. Instead, I got off at the next stop, which was a rural outpost, and by this point, it was blizzarding. A stranger (angel?) drove me into a town where I caught a taxi driven by Scrooge, or possibly, the corpse of Scrooge. He kept stopping and asking if my friend could just come get me. I reminded him I had paid him a large amount of money. Surprisingly, he didn’t kill me, although he was absolutely the type who might. I made it Denise’s–where I am still late this morning, snowed in! Blizzard in Boston! Until they plow, we are stuck here in a beautiful home in the small 1640s town of Ipswich, upon whose city council codex the U.S. Constitution was written.

Denise and her wonderful family are making waffles from scratch this morning, from a cookbook written for kids (precious). Philip Lopate, the famous essayist I had hoped to meet at the conference this morning, has Nothing on these Waffles. Or meeting this awesome family.

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4 thoughts on “Cinnamon Waffles

  1. Wow…I hope your body can handle temperature swings…it’s 57 in the NW today…don’t hate me…the coyotes and rabbits are playing hide and seek in the back yard. Arthur, the neighbors black Persian is the latest victim:-( Bring your sunglasses and windbreaker….Hugs to your temporary Conn. family…and don’t forget Scrooge ‘got it’ at the end of the story. Much love…

  2. Oh gosh, I am so happy to learn that you are having a much more peaceful, joyful day, and I admire your ability to celebrate the good that has come out of your having to miss some some of the conference. I’m so happy that you found a lovely family, and I’m certain that they are loving your presence in their home! The photos you shared make it look like such a beautiful, cozy setting. So funny, in my family we also have a go-to waffle recipe in a children’s cookbook, despite my stepmom’s status as a gourmet chef, and her vast collection of recipe books of all sorts. Kids know waffles best, it seems! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Susan! Got to the conference in time to go some amazing sessions– so all is well, thanks to the bravery of Denise’s husband to drive over the railway median for me to make the train back to town. Over a foot of snow… I feel like I got here just in time

      1. Hooray! This host family of yours just keeps getting better and better 🙂 I can’t wait to hear about other adventures with them, at the conference and beyond during your remaining days in Boston!

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