The cast iron skillet sizzled with grease as the breaded chicken pieces, crisp up with ease. It was a special night because fried food is an occasional treat at this house. The smells awaken childhood memories of Grandma’s house and mingle, blending the low rumble of boiling potatoes with the high rhythmic sizzle of the browning chicken …….CRACK!…….Smoke billows, grease spatters inflicting surface burns on hands and bare feet. The cast iron skillet cracked! The nostalgia is gone, crisis mode kicks in and dinner is saved. I can’t say the same for the cast iron skillet that has faithfully served my family for 27 years. I hold it up to the window and I can actually see daylight through it. I can’t help but think that it was not the heat of the grease this time that cracked the skillet but years and years of use…..a small chink here and a tiny fissure there. Small cracks, coupled with heat over a long period of time create larger cracks. It is the little things that often go unnoticed that eventually cause damage.
Everyone from Colorado is quite familiar with the freeze- thaw damage that can crack a concrete step or fragment a large boulder sending a sizable piece of it plummeting into the valley. It is all because of the water molecules propensity to expand when frozen. I marvel at the beauty and sometimes damage that small things create; how sand and water can polish a rock to a high sheen and also slowly cut through a mountain. The Grand Canyon is one exquisite example of small changes over an immense amount of time.
Small things make a large difference over time.