Thursday, December 13, 2007

Comfort Food

We had to put our cat down the other day, which was very sad. The Child, in the throes of her pain, asked at one point, "Are we going to have something special for dinner tonight?"


I loved that. Of course, the "something special" in this case was Trader Joe's Orange Chicken, which is just a bag full of yum and makes us all very happy. But more to the point was that The Child has made the connection between occasion and food. The occasion needn't be a happy one, but events in want of noting require a dish.


Being around a table, breaking bread with those I love, is the holiest of symbols to me. I love that my child finds comfort in good food, even if it's pre-made. There's a big difference between eating to fill up emotional holes and appreciating its role in marking important moments. Even the sad ones.

10 comments:

Auld Hat said...

here here. And a toast to the enchanting Phoebe. May her whiskers be forever sprinkled with flecks of cream.

Lorraine said...

*clinkies* I like thinking of her that way, Hat. Thanks.

laurelmoons said...

Hat, that's a sweet toast--*clinkies* also!

Syd

Willym said...

Hat - what a great toast - and it would be said while looking into the other person's eyes and smiling.

Lorraine - how could the Child not associate food with events - you have taught her that. And what a great thing it is. And that last paragraph says its all.

Lorraine said...

Syd, your glass looks a little light...more champers?

And some more bubbles for you, too, Willym. Hugs.

laurelmoons said...

Why, thank you Lorraine! And may I offer a caviar blini?

Lorraine said...

Delighted...mmmmm...beluga?

laurelmoons said...

But of course! Although the osetra is very nice also... ;)

Willym said...

And there's a bit of lobster paté left over from the wine and food thingy we had on Saturday's .. and some lovely home made bread toasts with two type of olive oil and little home made pizzas - one with thinly sliced roasted potato and rosemary. We had popped them in the freezer and they're very good after a five minutes in the oven.

laurelmoons said...

Lobster paté...yum...