Here’s to the hosts with the most, who open their homes, share their culinary (or food-ordering) prowess, uncork bottles of wine and cider and pitchers of sweet tea, and elicit joy and laughter as we nosh, imbibe and solve the world’s problems.
These hosts invite friends to gather year after year to annual events: Sandra and Barry, Nina and Chris, Amber, Brook and Judith, Marcia, Laura and Toby, Jeff and Brad, Faina and Richard, Leanne and Cy, Marie-Claire, the fabulous Mimi, Kathy and Bill, Johnetta and Shay, Portia and John, Joyce of Ashmonticello, Kathy and Bill, David and Sue, Sharon and Rick, Jackie and Nate, Ken and Lucilda, June, Kevin, Yvonne and Ray, and various Second Saturday card-party hosts. Forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone whose hospitality I’ve enjoyed – it’s not that you’re forgettable, it’s that I forget. (Or maybe it’s been a while since I’ve experienced your hospitality – hint-hint.)
Let me hail the friends who don’t cook a damn thing but come early to help set-up and/or stay late to “break-it-all-down”: Carolyn, Leila and (back in the day) Pattie. I must also applaud the friends who always bring something to contribute even when admonished not to.
Applause for the eaters/feasters who make banging the pots and all the sweat of preparation worth it!
Each year, it’s lovely to see that we’ve all made it through another year, relatively intact, with our spirits sustained and abundant joie de vivre.
Thanks, hosts, for your love, warmth and caring. Thanks for your consistency – New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, First Soup, August in Nantucket, July 4 barbecue, anniversaries, Christmas Eve, card parties, and other soirees magnificently organized or impromptu, elegant or down-home, cooked from scratch or ordered in – it’s all good.
Breaking bread, chewing the fat, sipping the bubbly, solving the world’s issues in conversations that go deep and then deeper, and strengthening our bonds, are the fuel to fortify us as we fight our daily battles and face our numerous challenges in these tumultuous times. I appreciate and love you all.
Lovely and loving, like the author.
Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2018.
Thank you for letting me know you read this post and appreciated it. Be well.
I love the way you articulate TRUTH♥️
Thank you for hearing me and taking time to comment. All the best.
I LOVE YOU FOR ILLUMINATING THESE GATHERINGS AND BELOVED FRIENDS….It’s acts of grace that you consistently demonstrate that keep you “SPECIALNESS” alive. You’re a SPIRIT worth taking the time to emulate….Helen!!!!
Thank you for your exuberant description of what I try to do. I appreciate that you take time to comment. All the best.
Now, I’m hungry. You’re right, it’s great to gather with friends and families and friends-in-the-making.
Perspective. Thank you, Candelaria. A reminder about accentuating the moments with good friends and family that reinvigorate our souls and purpose in life and downplaying the “sweat-filled” preparation process. The people we can enjoy and break bread with while we are to do so is indeed most important. A wonderfully articulated share. Happy New Year.
Thank you for taking time to respond and for understanding and echoing what I was saying. Sorry for the late response, comments went into spam folder for some reason. Be well.
Candelraria, It’s so good to have you in my life” you mean the world to me, and “truly” a good friend, your are loving and caring.
I appreciate receiving your recipes and I just finish making your Grandma’s Scrumptious Vegetable Soup…Oh what a treat.
Thank you for trying out the soup and for letting me know about it.
Had no idea I was given a shoutout on my bday!
Always. Thanks for reading.