Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV
There was a big box of brown bananas on the kitchen counter. My son Grant had brought it home from work.
I guessed it wasn't the season for banana splits at the ice cream shop. But I didn't have time for baking. My week was jammed tight. I let the bananas sit on the counter until dinner time. Then I hefted the box to the floor.
But the next day was Saturday and I felt ambitious. I could bake just a couple of loaves, pitch the rest of the bananas, and still get to the other things I needed to do. I pulled flour and sugar from the cupboard.
"What are you doing?" Isaiah asked as he walked into the kitchen.
"Baking a loaf or two of bread."
"Great," he said. "I'd love to help."
I thought about telling him no. I didn't have much time, and the helping, the monitoring a small one while he shoveled flour from the big bin, the fishing egg shells from the batter, the extra wiping and cleaning and sweeping from the adventure....I didn't have the hours for that.
But Zay tugged the kitchen stool across the room. He perched on the seat. He grinned at a way that pulled my soul.
"Okay," I said. "We'll work together. Two loaves."
I gave Isaiah the job of mashing the bananas. He chattered while he worked. I learned about his Sunday school class. What he's planning on making the brothers for Christmas. The house that he's going to build for me when he grows up. I learned about why his favorite color is green. About his favorite song. About the stuffed otter he mended with tape because Flash ate the left ear.
In no time at all the two loaves were done.
And I didn't want to stop.
"What do you think about working through this box of bananas, Zay?" I asked.
"The whole thing?"
"The whole box."
He pushed his sleeves up. "Well let's get to work."
Isaiah and I baked like wild. He mashed. I mixed. I poured. He popped loaves from cooled-down pans. In no time at all the counters were full.
"Guess we found the bottom of the box," Isaiah said. He carted the cardboard off to make a jet plane or something of the sort.
Yes, I guess we had. But in the togetherness, in the sharing of a chore, I knew I'd found something even more sweet.
Thank you, Lord, for willing hands and a willing heart. Amen.
FAVORITE BANANA BREAD:
1 c sugar
1 1/4 c mashed bananas
1/2 c butter
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 T sour cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini loaf pans with baking spray. Blend bananas, sour cream, butter, and eggs. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup. Level. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and soda. Beat 2 minutes medium speed. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared pans. Bake until inserted toothpick comes out clean.