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!