Life in All Its Parts
It was that kind of week. A sad one, with our American flags again at half-mast, with words and images that made our hearts ache and our minds wonder–what can we do to be a part of a solution to all of the violence, loss and sadness.
And It was also a week that had spots of happiness for me, for there were a few birthdays to celebrate; I want and need to honor that part of life, too. First of all, this is the 52nd post of my blog, so Happy One Year Birthday, “Bring Joy to the Table.” And thank you followers for being a part of this venture. I so appreciate knowing you’re out there helping to create a circle of good hearts.
The other birthday is mine. On Auguist 7th of this week, I turned 77 while listening to Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with my husband, doggie and hundreds of other music festival attendees. Let’s hear it for the power of 7’s! May it be a power for good!
To help celebrate that event, this Italian-American wanted to bring good food to the table, or rather picnic blanket. And that we did. We went to our favorite Italian restaurant in Ketchum called Cristina’s owned by a talented Tuscan woman chef and chose some Mediterranean specialties for our picnic: Greek salad and dolmades, celery root “pasta,” grilled shrimp, freshly made cheese bread sticks, and two Italian bacio candies for dessert. Throw in a small bottle of Prosecco and we were set. Plus, there was an added treat of a salted caramel cheesecake provided by a reception for a soon-to-be new culinary institute in Ketchum. How sweet is that–literally!
The music, all free to whoever showed up, was powerful and moving, kind of like this week. I admit to crying–what me, an emotional Italian? Yes. Crying for the privilege of having been born to such loving parents, of still being alive on this planet, next to a loving man and cute dog and being able to breathe in the beauty of the sweet mountain air. I am counting my blessings, which far exceed the number of candles on my fantasy birthday cake! And I am praying for solutions for our country so that all can live and enjoy life. That is my birthday wish.