I have a ridiculously analytical mind, even though I look and sound like a dingbat much of the time. I catalogue perfect moments. There are few of them in our lifetime and I hold them dear.
A lovely perfect moment I remember was Christmas 1998…I had two stepchildren in the house and they were hard to buy for as my husband really had no idea what they wanted or needed. We didn’t have much money, but I wanted to get them what they WANTED – who wants a step mom who gives you clothes, right!? We got them a Sony whatchamacallit to plug into the TV and play games. They were ecstatic and I felt quite pleased with myself that we had really lit them up. I always encouraged them to read, and led by example – I was always reading some book or other, and so they each got a book as well. My husband was a sports and hunting nut so he got a magazine subscription to Sports Illustrated or Field & Stream or some suchness – I don’t remember – but I received a book I had asked for too! The tree was lit and glowing, the kids had cocoa, the adults had their Holiday Cheer, and before I knew it, with Christmas music playing ever so softly in the background we were silent. Simply silent. Each of our heads was buried in our respective “literature” and we were each absorbed and virtually motionless, the only sounds the soft music playing and the whoosh snap of a turning page. I happened to look up and catch this – I hate to say it – Norman Rockwell moment and I was PART of it…and I guess a dam of serotonin burst in my head because I was totally flooded with wellbeing, peace, and happiness, and I thought, “THIS is Christmas. THIS is Christmas.” I wish for you a perfect moment this holiday season as well! With love, Lula
A Note From Chef Lori
Our kitchen will be closed from December 24 thru January 5 in order to visit far away family this season. We look forward to literally serving you 🙂 in the new year!
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