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Day 13: Gratitude & Day 14: Less is more


Most of the morning yesterday I was roasting vegetables- broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers and carrots. I tossed in a handful of asparagus that was languishing in the fridge all week and an onion close to sprouting, mushrooms left lonely in that vented green box on the top shelf next to the sour cream. Orphan vegetables.

I don’t cook so well. It’s not a lack of practice or know how. I believe it has something to do with intention and focus. I get so easily distracted and maybe a little bored. That’s my confession today. I don’t give cooking the attention it deserves.

But I spent the day roasting the vegetables to bring for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the only dish I needed to prepare, thankfully, having the rest filled out by friends and family at the gathering we’d attend. It’s nice to be invited, to have a place to go and be. It’s especially nice when the host is a long time friend who happens to be an excellent cook.

I didn’t take any pictures, save for one, and that was of the actual vegetables I roasted. I needed to have photographic evidence. Apart from that I put my phone away, I didn’t take pictures and I didn’t update statuses or click “like” on anything for most of the day. I was cooking and then I was badgering kids to get ready and then I was traveling and greeting and sitting and visiting, well and eating too. It was a good day.

But today I was looking online, you know, like I do, and I see the flood of pictures from others’ news feeds. Feed feeds, as it were. I had a brief moment of “what do I have to show for it?” and that was weird. I slapped myself on the virtual hand for even thinking it and I settled into another better thought, remembering the actual experience of the day. I felt the gratitude for that moment, for that meal, for that conversation. I need that sometimes, probably more often than I care to admit. I need that connection time that lives on in my brain more ably than it lives on in the words I put on at the end of the blinking cursor. I forget that.

Today I’ll go right back to my constant stream of electronic looking and liking, I know that about me. But I have those moments that live on in my brain, my swiss cheese brain, my soggy twice baked brain. I have those moments even so and I’ll gather them well and let them soak and season. It was a good day. I’m thankful.

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