Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Cooking Again - Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone, Everywhere!
There is something very satisfying about cooking. Even when you are alone, there is a sense of cordiality, of civility, and of general good cheer. It is a sort of nurturing too, something we all need to do these days to take care of ourselves.
Just as I am alone as Thanksgiving Day is just a couple of hours away, I am sure there are others of you who are alone this time of year and feeling that sense of not being connected with others. My solution is to start cooking. Cook everything you can muster up in your kitchen, and then take plates, muffins, bread or bowls to your neighbors, even if you have not met them. Even if you don't consider yourself a cook, you can go to the grocery store and find some ready made food or something like a can of biscuits that you just pop into the oven (you do have to open it and put the biscuits in the pan so there ARE a few steps to do). It will still smell good and be something you can take over to the neighbors. Tell them you wanted to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, give a good smile and then go home and get more plates, muffins, bread or bowls and find more folks who you can share with. We can never reach out enough to others. How many of you don't even know your neighbors?
Tomorrow morning I am baking an apple pie and taking it to a neighbor who is baking a turkey and the surrounding things to share with our neighbors, some of whom don't have much. And a friend came down from the hills and brought me some homemade cranberry sauce and some treats for the fur creatures in my home.Another friend brought me some curried cheese spread and I have already eaten at least 1/3 of that, and she also brought some seasoned nuts which are truly unusual and delicious. It feels good to connect with others, even on this very simple level. There is definitely a feeling of being nurtured and comforted. Is there anyone among us who could not use a little comfort or nurturing?
I wish for each and every one of you a day of peace and comfort and lots of good memories, wherever you may be.