What To Do With Broken Eggs

For The Love Of Sponge Cake

broken eggsMany years ago, as a trainee chaplain in a hospital, a powerful story about broken eggs was shared with my colleagues and I.

As we continue and in fact wind down the Summer Word Challenge, I would like to return the favour and share the story with you. This is a republishing of my original post on “What To Do With Broken Eggs” from 10 years ago. I hope you will find interesting as you live these words today.

 

Broken Eggs: The Story

Before we headed to our assigned areas, the chaplains and us student-chaplains gathered to hear a report of the previous day’s on-call shift, share a reflection and pray for the day ahead. This particular morning’s reflection was about sponge cake. It was such a powerful story that I could not resist sharing it with you, not because of my love of food rather as it was such a ‘sweet’ (pun intended) inspiration.

Sharing from the book “My Grandfather’s Blessings” by Rachel Naomi Remen, the chaplain leading our reflection read the chapter in which the author told a story about her grandmother.

broken eggsRemen’s grandmother grew up in Russia (I believe) at a time when they were facing one of the most difficult periods. Many, including Rachel’s grandmother, went hungry. People would share whatever they had with each other. This lesson remained with Rachel’s grandmother for the rest of her life. She passed it on to her daughters and grandchildren.

Years later, the family migrated to the United States and along with the memories of sharing another thing was passed on – a recipe for sponge cake.

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The Recipe

Rachel tells the story of her grandmother saying to a child who was terrified that he/she had accidentally broken an egg in a house that had very limited food, “Great, today we will have sponge cake!”

Maybe I do not have the details right but I know I am bang on with the moral of the story. You must understand that this story is coming from someone who was diagnosed with a chronic, life-limiting disease at the age of 16. Yet, she continued to lead a full and successful life as a medical doctor and educator.

The impact of the recipe was so vivid in Rachel’s life, particularly when the doctor gave her and her mother the news about the disease. Hearing the news, Rachel’s mother said to her, “We will make sponge cake!”

Many Broken Eggs? More Sponge Cake To Bake!

broken eggsIn your life and mine there are many broken eggs. Truth be told, I think there are days when it seems that my greatest achievement is breaking some eggs.

Eggs are every dream and hope held. It is the potentials and the possibilities we see in life, including: hopes for a happy, meaningful and long marriage or relationship; a new job or promotion at the one you now have; debt-free living, a life-enhancing relationship with your parents; your children’s success in school or living an addiction-free life.

When these dreams can go awry or your eggs get broken, the temptation is to sprawl on the floor right next to them, wailing and cursing the Universe for what it is doing to you.

“What the f… am I to do now?” has often been my cry, “That was the last f…ing egg I had!”

Keep Baking!

Grandma Remen’s advice to her daughters, and now to you and me, is do not be sidetracked by broken eggs. She invited us to instead make it the main ingredient for this evening’s supper and invite the neighbours!

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I felt so blessed by this story when I heard it for the first time. I was so grateful to the chaplain who shared it. Today, as the Lead Blogger and Practical Spiritual Coach here, I still keep breaking eggs. Opened my proverbial fridge recently to find a few more. So coming across this post again, as we do the Summer Word Challenge, was a blessing. Baking was not my forte in cooking classes but who cares! I am making a sponge cake today!

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11 thoughts on “What To Do With Broken Eggs

  1. I love the moral of the story. Just because you seem physically broken, it doesnt mean you cant go on to create a beautifully impactful life for yo and those surrounding you!

    And I love eggs every which way 🙂 So you had me right on both Claudette!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Some of us can always be caught with food! LOL! I love your take on broken eggs Julie! 🙂

  2. Julie

    I love eggs and cake. Perfect!

  3. I always scramble my broken eggs, or eat them in a sandwich. In my family, we eat them any time of the day!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Those are other, tasty ways to deal with broken eggs Shawnyce. 🙂 Thanks for the visit.

  4. I love broken eggs- because it means you have the ability to make so many different things with it – sunny side up, poached, over easy, scrambled! 😉

    1. Ms Claudette

      I knew this one would get your full attention, Chef GiGi! 🙂

  5. Elizabeth O.

    Beautiful message, as always. I like the idea that even if you break an egg, you can still continue to make something else with it. It may not be for the dish that you initially imagined but something else, something better.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Elizabeth and you hit the nail on the egg- nothing is lost! 🙂

  6. It certainly is what you make of things. A couple broken eggs in life is not enough to distract you from achieving your goals.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      They most certainly are not, Scott! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

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