Sarah Raanan
Mum to 4 kids & Pig the goldfish

The Bread Bakers & The Ostriches

At least my challot arent salty bricks of doom..
At least my challot arent salty bricks of doom..

aka Things I’ve learned so far in 2020

{I think I wrote this back in March but it still makes sense in September.}

  • I love baking challah & desserts; my spelt challah comes out super soft & sweet every week. But I really suck at making bread! I tried making Spelt bread but it came out like a heavy, salty brick of doom.
  • I have issues with sticking to one thing at a time. I used to think it was multi-tasking but now I can see it’s a real focus issue.
  • As soon as I feel like I’ve got a handle on things, the goalposts move, or vanish entirely.
  • It takes time to figure out how we want to ‘be’ right now & to learn to understand and accept how others are choosing to ‘be’.
  • Everyone is reacting differently and processing differently and you aren’t necessarily going to be in sync with the people you love, even if you live in the same house.
  • There are some who have no work to do right now because their jobs just can’t be done remotely (like me). So, for the sake of their sanity, they fill their days with craft projects & baking, gardening & reading.
  • Then there are those who just lost their jobs & have no idea what will be when the world finally starts getting back to some semblance of normal. And that worry & fear is so paralyzing that they just cant possibly contemplate reading or baking right now.
  • Some are at home with their small children, all day & every day, and the only way they can keep their kids from tearing into each other is to create intricate lesson plans and fill up the many hours of their days with science projects, art lessons, maths & music.
  • Some are at home with their older children, all day & every day and their kids all keep to themselves in their rooms, so they have time to create Instagram stories & document their days for posterity.
  • And some still have jobs, with just as much workload as before, if not more, plus they are now trying to keep their kids educated, busy, happy & fed. And for them, the idea of taking on a craft project or reading a book is just out of the question.
  • And there are some who are still working but at half-steam and the money just isn’t enough to support their families. So to distract their worried minds, they paint and plant seeds in the garden.
  • There are those who want to strangle the teachers for sending out so much work because there’s only 1 computer in the house & 5 kids fighting over it non-stop. And some who are so grateful to the teachers for all their efforts and don’t know what they would do without all the daily tasks they set.
  • And then there are people who respond to tough challenges by rising & shining. And there are those who want to bury their heads in the sand, eat ice cream & read funny memes.
  • Some people have never felt so focused in their lives. And some cant fathom how anyone can focus on anything right now.
  • There are people who feel on top of things when they consume ALL the news. And there are people who don’t want to hear about it at all.

And sometimes we are the Bread Bakers, and sometimes we are the Ostriches. Sometimes we are thriving and shining and other times we are so distracted and troubled. In the morning you might be planting seeds and teaching your kids about the life cycle of a tadpole, and then an hour later you’ll be walking around the kitchen doing nothing, trying to think what to do with yourself.

We do what works for us.

We do what we can, where we are, with what we have, in the best way we can manage at any given moment.

Give yourself a break. And your soul a rest.

Sending a whole lot of love. But not sending any spelt bread.

About the Author
My name is Sarah Raanan & I’m a Branding Photographer based in Israel. I'm a dreamer, an introvert, an artist, a great listener, tech geek, writer, book-worm, movie maven, challah-baker, travel addict, lover of good cars and podcasts. I can be quite shy to start off but once you get me going we will never be stuck for conversation. Unless you want to discuss maths and running. Then I'm out.
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