How do you spell heaven? Getting together and relaxing with friends feels like heaven on earth. When healthy, nutritious food is involved it IS heaven on earth. Michael Pollan published this article last year in the New York Times, with these pictures. The story reminded me how important it is to connect with people...one of the keys to keeping hope alive.
He and his friends built a fire in an outdoor handmade cob oven, and cooked food (and ate it!) during the 36-hour get together ~ patterned after the still present tradition in the Mediterranean where people bring their food to be cooked in the communal oven. Heaven, indeed.
If it feels overwhelming to get together with friends, let alone plan meals, buy groceries and cook, what are some creative ways to connect with people to lift your spirits? I've been getting together once a week at a the home of a friend to eat sauerkraut & Swiss cheese sandwiches together outside. Crazy, but fun! When her ginormous jar of sauerkraut is empty we'll see what we eat after that. Something equally simple.
Still not inspired? How about this:
- Sit outside of your house or apartment with a friend. You have to call them first. If there aren't chairs outside, carry some of your kitchen chairs outside. Enjoy people watching, or sunset watching.
- Buy something at your local deli counter, call a friend and meet at the park to eat together, sitting on a bench.
- Call someone on the phone. Think of someone who could use a phone call. You'll make their day.
- Build a campfire with a friend(s).
Have fun simply connecting with someone.
Click here to see a slide show of the 36-hour food adventure with Michale Pollan and friends.