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Around the Table

“It’s not what’s on the table that matters, it’s who is in the chairs.” Over the years, I have often seen this quote. As a food lover, what’s on the table is important to me. But “who is in the chairs” is equally important. To enjoy good food together, to converse, to share life around the table is a gift that nourishes the body and spirit.

This week, my husband and I flew to Wisconsin, John’s home state. Our first day in Madison, I had two social events, each of which made me feel happy and nourished.

The first was at a local restaurant called Manna. (!) It was a warm scene. Everyone was engaged in conversation and enjoying their food. Three women friends and I followed suit. Our meals were eclectic brunch fare–from a simple scone to oatmeal pancakes to Portobello and avocado sandwiches. We shared ideas about good books and films, health and life’s adventures, and had some good laughs along the way.

The second event was at a friend’s home over an Instant Pot vegetarian dinner. The food was hearty and tasty. The real joy, though, was who was “in the chairs”–dear friends, some going back almost 50 years for John. What shared history, love and connection sat around that table.

What a gift it is for all of us who have lovely pockets of friends wherever we find ourselves. And how lucky am I that you are reading this!

I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving season. May it be filled with good food, good company, and good cheer!


14 thoughts on “Around the Table”

    • I like that–“old friends are good for the soul!” Okay, “good for the soul” friend–have a fabulous Thanksgiving! (Who’s cooking?)💛

    • Wonderful words. Food can be very empty without good friends to share it with. All the best to you and John for a Happy Thanksgiving. Steve and Nancy

      • And here’s to you, my dear “old” friend. How fortunate I am to have known you for oh-so-many decades.
        A blessing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Nancy!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and John, Lynn; I love reading your blogs – evoking such simple and joyful pleasures; very nourishing to me! I hope our paths will cross before the end of the year. When are you back in CV? Love, Jody

    • I’m so glad my missives bring you some pleasure. I’ll let you know when we’re back in the valley. Until then, may you enjoy this season of gratitude. 💜

  • DearLynn, You always manage to touch something sweet and meaningful in us…thank you for giving voice to life the way that you do …and all the gifts you share all year long through your love of community, Diane

  • Wishing you and John a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope one day we will sit together around a table again.
    Lots of love,

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your girls and Toby and family! And I agree–someday soon, I hope, we will be eating and conversing around a table together again. Sending love♥️

  • How wonderful to have you and John in Madison and to be one of the friends who shared now 3 meals with you with connection, laughter, and good conversation. More to come. Have a happy thanksgiving.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Lynn and John! I hope your stay in Wisconsin continues to be fun and warm!
    Lenore and Mark

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