I’ve been pondering recently what it is about food that I find so compelling. Why it is important aside from providing sustenance in my life? One of the things that I keep coming back to is the power of food and food-related situations for making connections and creating, building, and deepening relationships. I realize that sitting down to a meal is not the only time when connections occur, but the sheer fact that eating helps form the basic structure of our days surely is an indication of how significant it truly is.
If I think about it, the meals that have meant the most to me have real context and meaning, it was not so much about the food, but about the people involved and the occasion. I surely have my own preferences when it comes to eating, but most important for me is a sense of togetherness, of camaraderie, of sharing, of opening up of your heart and oftentimes your home. I suppose part of this must be a function of the fact that I grew up in a household that stressed the importance of family meals. And as I have moved out into the world on my own, I seek that sense of belonging around the table as I share a meal with others. Many of my happiest moments are those times when I have felt such sense of togetherness with the other people at the table. As you travel through life meeting acquaintances, friends, and lovers for a bite, remember the importance of the meal and perhaps think a little bit more deeply about its role in your life.