Sometimes months pass before we realize we haven't seen our friends in far too long. We live in a society that prizes slowness but never allow ourselves the luxury. Many of us have too much on our plates, and the first thing that gets cut from our busy schedules are the very people that add joy and laughter to our days.
Eventually enough is enough. You set a date, send out invitations, and begin planning a dinner— a time to gather your favorite people around the table.
On the day of the event, you throw your hair up in a ponytail, crank the jazz in your kitchen, and cook the afternoon away.
The table is set, the food is simmering, and slowly the usual suspects start trickling in. You pour the wine as chatter fills your apartment. Oh, how you’ve missed those voices!
You get a warm feeling as you look at the faces surrounding you. You realize what you’ve brought together: a small community of people who cherish and champion one another. Throughout the night, laughs abound, beautiful moments are shared, wine flows, and the food dances around the table.
We’ve been thinking about this a lot lately with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Why is it, we wonder, that we only make it a priority to gather around the table with our favorite people and enjoy a meal made slowly, with delight and love one day each year?
Our warmest wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving celebration to you all, and don’t forget that you can cultivate that feeling any day of the year. You don’t have to wait until next November for another chance.