The magic of fairy godmothers

I just finished a book which may have simply been a collection of short stories connected in the very best way. It centered around a cooking class, one I would love to attend. The book? "The School of Essential Ingredients" by Erica Bauermeister.

Lillian had a fairy godmother who saw her potential and helped her find her path when she was a very young girl. Do all stories have such a character, I wonder? Abuelita helped Lillian realize what she was good at, and it wasn't following recipes. It was cooking. Magical, experimental, feeling it out cooking.


The mystery and wisdom in each spice, each mix, each blend helped those in the class see things clearly, move on, step out. Lillian became a fairy godmother to those who attended her class, in small unnoticed ways at times.

What good is the teacher when the class is done? She asked herself this question, and I understood the asking. And the answer was in connection.

Can you look back in your life and see someone who has been like a fairy godmother to you? Have they helped you on your path by either pointing it out, or showing you the next step? See them. See who they are. Sometimes the teacher is the one left aside when all the connections are made and the class is over. She connected with everyone, but everyone moved on.

Go back, turn around, grab a hand, connect with them. As a student, remember what Lillian did. She brought Abuelita back and stayed connected to her. Such wisdom, which never really ends. It just changes. No longer instructor/student, now equal/friend. Embrace that relationship, and acknowledge what they have done for you. Then move forward with them. And grab the hands of others. Bring them along as well. In small unnoticed ways, maybe, be a fairy godmother to someone else.

The magic that swirls around certain characters can be a strange thing. No wands or enchantments. Just seeing and knowing. Oh, I would love to be a Lillian. But the wisdom and knowledge need to come first.

The biggest thing I learned from these cooking classes? The importance in slowing down, enjoying, and experiencing. The importance in not rushing through, taking for granted, and turning aside. The importance in individuality, release of expectations, and embracing what truly is.The acknowledgement that essential ingredients are different for each recipe, each person, each time it's made.

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