This baking thing started off as a challenge. I like to bake and do it regularly, so why not see if I can do it every day? But then, I needed to get rid of the baked goods, because we can only eat so much. I began bringing them places—committee meetings, the school front office, school board meetings. Places where people might not always be in agreement, where there is tension and strife. Where neighbors are losing sight of neighborliness.
I bring baked goods under the theory that people who break bread together can find common ground. In a country where we are divided so starkly, perhaps we can all agree on brownies. Moreover, I bring them as my offering, my vote of trust that we can do this, can work together. Next week, after we dig out, I’m bringing apple butter from my trees to my local food pantry.
Is it working? Damned if I know. What I can say is that I’m getting to know a lot of people in my community. And friends around the country are starting to do it, too. A little here, a little there, bringing baked goods to work or meetings.
Join us. Spread the word. Use the hashtag if you are hashtag-inclined.
Let’s Bake American Great Again.