Ray Kitchener has mingled with cowboys, dabbled with bees, whispered to horses, flown to
If water is the foundation, food is the mortar. Food has a way with people. It holds them, pulls them, and tugs at them. It brings them together. For centuries food has proven to be the catalyst to prompt foes to talk. It’s the center of every family’s nucleus dinner table discussions. Food is a mediator, a coordinator, an interpreter, and has been known to bring Kings, Generals, Lords, and armies to there down fall.
The tease of an enjoyable dinner is the come-on line for first dates, last suppers, and those moments of intimacy in-between. Food is the mortar that launches clubs, and facilitates groups to meet. It comes in the form of pot luck, hot dish, small plate, captain’s platters, sustainable, organic, farm fresh, frozen, canned, barbecued, raw, steam tabled, and freshly prepared. Food helps develop communities.
For many people in the agricultural belt of
For others, this holiday season may not be as plentiful in the food department. Ironically, when food isn’t available, love also is hard to find, often replaced with despair. It isn’t coincidental that so many need so little while others live on gourmand greed.
Recently I participated in a Secret Santa program based on anonymous gifts for those less fortunate. Tags were placed on a tree at Friedman’s Hardware in
This young mom didn’t ask for fancy sweaters, or jewels, or trips to sunny beaches. Her wish was simple…a grocery food card, a gift for under the tree, that would eventually end up on a table, helping her sustain family, life, and move forward on her journey of raising her child as a single, needy mom.
This year has been one of tumultuous times. And, thankfully, it is almost over. But this Christmas, let’s all take a moment to be thankful for the good times and the tough times. For it is the combination of both that give us the knowledge, experience and memories to realize how fortunate we all are to have chosen the world of food to work, and create and prosper.
Have a peaceful, joyous, and merry Christmas.
And don’t forget to drink a lot of water…not only is it the foundation of life, but after all those toasts, you’ll feel better in the morning.