Tomorrow is a Santo Niño day and the mothers are making lunch for everyone. I decided when I got back from New Orleans this afternoon that we needed some kind of special treat for St. Valentine’s Day, better known in Mexico as “Dia de Amistad”. I decided on heart-shaped cut-out sugar cookies and started making the dough. Only one glitch: no heart-shaped cookie cutter. I decided that I could use a knife to cut them freehand. No two are alike! Some have a quite “modern art” look and others only give a slight “impression” of being heart-shaped. The blade of the knife left some edges very jagged and raw. My rolling pin technique is not as good as my mom’s so some hearts are thick and the cookie is hard. Others are thin and a little burned the way my dad always likes them.
I tasted one right out of the oven and decided it wasn’t sweet enough so I made a powdered sugar glaze and added some red sugar sprinkles. Better, but not as good as I had hoped. As I finished frosting them and shaking on the sugar I prayed over them. I thought about the many broken hearts in Mexico these days due to the violence. Over 300 have died in Juarez since January 1st. Eighty-six already this month of “Dia de Amistad”. How many friends are missing this holiday? As I made these little heart-shaped cookies for our special children, their mothers and siblings I prayed for peace, for security, for friendship that reaches across borders and is surely the sweetest thing of all.