Most 5-year old girls want dolls and hot pink bicycles from Santa -I wanted Teddy Ruxpin and a KitchenAid Mixer. We never had a KitchenAid mixer growing up -but the neighbors did- and baking Christmas cookies each year at Sarah’s house was a magical experience. I don’t know what I loved more -the hands-free mixing or the purr it made with each spin of the paddle- but I know I wanted one. Badly.
The 22-pound KitchenAid must have been too heavy for Santa’s sleigh because I woke up to a story-telling teddy bear under the tree that year. Since then, I’ve gone through an embarrassing number of hand-mixers. There was the mixer with mismatched spatulas that never quite fit right, another with a broken eject button and three or four that ended up in the trash with foul-smelling, burnt out motors. A KitchenAid just never fit into the budget though which is why it’s been on my wedding registry since my early twenties -a good seven years before I ever met my fiancé.
I was hoping this day would come… and guess what? It did! Early Saturday morning, a very special (and heavy) wedding gift showed up on our doorstep. I tore open the box and there she was, my beloved KitchenAid Stand Mixer. As if 26 years of anticipation isn’t meaningful enough, the mixer was given to us by a favorite auntie -my fairy godmother- who I spent a lot of time cooking with as a little girl.
All I can say is, it was worth the wait -and I’m glad Santa went with Teddy Ruxpin because I’m pretty sure this beautiful color didn’t exist back in 1986.