The “All Things are Possible” Muffins: Morning Glory Muffins
“Heavenly Blue” Morning Glories for me are the epitome of promise, of optimism, of hope. As their azure blue blooms unfurl in the bright morning sunlight, they give me the feeling that for today “all things are possible”, a feeling of happiness and sunniness. I’ve always made this connection between Morning Glories and good things since I was a little girl, when Uncle Harold came home from the war (WWII). An army green car with a big star on the side pulled up and parked beside the road in front of Grandma’s house. I now know how ominous that was: Grandma came running out of the house crying, I’m sure, because she was afraid of what this might mean. After all, she did have a banner in her front window with two stars, one for Uncle Arnold and one for Uncle Harold. A very tall handsome soldier, all spit and polished in his U. S. Army uniform, got out of the car with his duffel bag and started walking toward the front door, who we quickly recognized as Uncle Harold. The three of us began hugging, laughing, and crying all the same time. It was such an emotional incident, even though I was little, I could never forget it. I remember it being a bright sunny summer morning and as I looked over at Grandma’s front porch, covered in Morning Glory vines, all of their blooms had opened to their widest width and brightest blue to welcome home Uncle Harold.
I know it’s a leap to go from a seemingly unrelated story where Morning Glories are just part of the narrative to a story about muffins that just happen to be named “Morning Glory”, but honestly, this is the vision that flickers through my mind every time I think of Morning Glory Muffins. Also, these muffins are chock full of so many good things, all symbolizing to me optimism and promise for the day, just like those blue blossoms. They seem to be saying “have a great day”, “good things are going to happen”, and “all things are possible”.