Speaking of names, Suzie Q dubbed me Lizannabanana, a name I use when I talk to young kids about whole grain baking. Among my several Lizannabanana maxims, are some pretty silly ones, like “my kids know I am going out of town if they find white bread on the counter.” But there is one maxim about which I am very serious: “Evan from heaven does not stay seven or eleven for long. Make those years count.”

In what seems like the blink of an eye, my sweet Evan is 20. So stir up some cookies, create family rituals, and tell stories, both silly and serious. But whatever you do, make the years count.

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