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And so we are here again. The ending of yet another year, gaining a number to our age, and mentally gathering all of the memories we made in 2013. I have always been a lover of this season. The cooler weather sweeps in, leaves change into a warm palette of beauty then float gently towards the earth. Old traditions roll in over dishes served at the table, and new ones are formed with new generations being birthed. There is something so tangibly incredible at this time, yet pensive as well.
For many, the season holds reminders of those we have loved and lost. An empty seat at the table, a faint flame from a candle lit in remembrance. Heavy hearts that linger into the new year. Wether delightful or dispirited, the season comes in force by way of consumerism and the like. All the more reason to take the time to sit at a table with the one or the one's you love… and reflect.
This is something we have come accustom to throughout each year, and on a monthly basis. There always is a weekend evening set apart that we set the table just like you see above. Create a beautiful meal with whole ingredients, simple sometimes, complex when I get a wild hair to experiment. Both sharing in the experience of cooking, selecting the wine to pair, and setting the table for two.
Obviously as much as I love creating the scene, thinking through the menu, and setting the atmosphere… he takes in the actual meal to the same degree. I adore all things rustic, vintage, simple and natural. That in itself keeps me far from the pompous refined feel that would take sweat and deep pockets to create in the setting. This above takes me 5 minutes.. yes, even the arrangement. These are the times we remember ya'll.
I have a dream that this table will be so long and full of people, one would need to play musical chairs to see each person face to face. Maybe that is what we would actually do as the meal turns to coffee and dessert? This is and should be where you can unplug all of the devices in life and plug your heart into conversation well spent. Nourishing to the body, healing to the heart. Connection. Kinship.
Come let us Gather together!