Everyone of us has some rituals around food. Most of our occasions are marked by the foods we use to celebrate them. Take Thanksgiving that has just passed - turkey - stuffing - potato's - you get the idea. Showers, weddings and favorite birthday meals pass and mark time.
One of my favorite scene's from a movie is from My Big Fat Greek Wedding ( talk about food) where the boyfriend states," I'm a vegetarian." and the aunt pronounces, " Good! I'll make you lamb!". So ingrained is meat as comfort and introduction she can't even imagine a world where meat doesn't exist.
Sometimes when we don't know what else to do - we bring food. I found myself in this position last week.
Thursday night we got one of those calls. A call everyone dreads. The call that tells you someone you love has been injured. You may remember my brother in law is a police officer. He was awarded "Officer of the Year" for 2009 and we celebrated with him. He is nicknamed "The Rock" as much for his resemblance to the celebrity as for his quiet, stead fast, yet unassuming demeanor. Our hearts sank as we cryptically sifted through sparse detail to learn he had been shot in the face during the execution of a warrant. Nothing ever can prepare you for this - ever. I thought of his parents, his young wife, my husband and other siblings.
We were so grateful to learn that his injuries weren't life threatening - miraculously he has had only soft tissue damage. We have never been so happy to see someone. I could not imagine an offering that would fit the love and gratitude we were feeling.
So I cooked.
I added in gratitude to all the other ingredients in the kitchen. There are no words to express our joy - I used chicken breast and butternut squash soup. I wanted their fridge to be as full as our hearts.
Events like this remind you how wonderful people can be. The outpouring of love and support is amazing. Surely his Guardian Angel was working overtime that night.
What's comforting to you? Is is a person, place or thing? Is there a food that say's " I Love You"?
This family is surely counting our blessings as we go into the Christmas Season!
Happy Monday! Patty