Saturday, March 6, 2010
Love the Family Table
Everybody knows that eating a healthy home-cooked meal as a family is best, but just talking about the benefits has not changed the minds of women who still prefer to warm up something frozen and toss it on the table for whoever feels like wandering by to consume it when they're ready. You may know that actual cooking is better, but there's always that lame excuse, "I'm just too busy and tired to be bothered." Well, if you bothered to have these children, bother yourself to take good care of them.
I cook every day, with a few exceptions. It takes time, it takes hours. The preparation, the serving, the eating and the clean-up is time and energy consuming. But the joy of seeing my family well-fed and happy, seeing them come home eager to know what's for dinner, knowing that they were looking forward to my food - it's worth it all. There is something very healing and calming about a family that joins together over food they love; sometimes a dish that's familiar and comforting, or other times a new and interesting dish to test out. Even those exotic new dishes that we decide we don't want to try again, are a fun experience for us all to laugh about, and I'm always given points for effort!
So for all the bullet points that the Health Department can list off about the positive effects of home cooking, do it for you. Do it for the very selfish reason of getting extra kisses and hugs, lots of thanks and a quiet peaceful evening after the dishes are washed because everyone's tummies, hearts and minds know that they're loved.
I've seen plenty of photos these days of the young women who are going through their initiation phase to enter the Sisterhood, and one of those ongoing tasks, is cooking and setting a proper table for their families. One after another, I hear how much happier their home has become just through these meals alone - meals made to be special, delicious and beautiful to look at. If cooking can melt the hearts of a stressed-out family, isn't it worth all the effort? Don't know how to cook? If you know how to read and follow directions, you can cook. Now open those cook books and get cracking!
(Thanks Camilla, Yuliana, Blanca, Ana, Pr. Lucas and Jorge for letting me use your picture!)