How many times while getting ready for a meal have you heard someone say... no not those, those are the good ones for special occasions? What does that even mean? What makes a certain meal “special”? Are the people you are breaking bread with not important enough? Is the meal you are serving not special enough? Why do any of us have items in our homes that you only bring out on extremely rare/special occasions? Isn't every day special? Isn't every meal special? Hell... the fact that any of us is here reading, writing, thinking is a downright miracle!
Life should and must be celebrated. Breaking bread with family and friends is one of the most important things we do as a society. Sharing time together and sharing the abundance of life with each other. Nothing to me is more special than that. Have you ever thought how many more times will I have a meal with my parents, friend, relative, etc.? If you sit back and think about how many meals will I possibly have with your parents, your kids before they leave the house, your friends. It’s likely not nearly as many as we would all like, and none of us truly knows how much time we have left.
So, make that special meal for your family dinner. Make that extra dish everyone gets excited to see. Eat desert first. Open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Pull out those good plates, glasses, wooden bowls. Put your phones away, talk about your day, your week, your plans, goals, dreams for the next year, that thing you are excited about. Be thankful and celebrate that special time you have together. After all, good food is a celebration of life!
Most of us forget, or just don’t know how much our world has changed in a relatively short time. Not that long ago food was not as abundant, at times it was downright scarce. Mealtime was a celebration of life; of the work it took to put food on the table. A time we spent with our families; thankful for the things we have rather than the never-ending want for more, or the rush to do the next thing.
My hope is that I can be a part of this... to help people realize how wonderful, how special it is to share that time and abundance with family and friends. To celebrate life and enjoy the time we have with each other. That is the mark I want to leave in this world.
Most importantly… Always use the good stuff!