Unfortunate circumstances have once again shone a light on things we take for granted. One of my vows I made to the man I married 27 years ago this month was to cook healthy foods for us and our future family. I’ve kept that vow all these years but it wasn’t until yesterday that my husband said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for your cooking!”
What inspired this outpouring of appreciation?
We’ve been splitting the duty of spending the night with my ailing, 85 year old mother-in-law while her daughter (who lives with her) is out of town for 3 weeks. We head over around 4:00 in the afternoon, help her with some chores, have dinner, dole out her handful of pills, play endless games of Yahtzee and retire early to TV or bed. I knew that the food thing would be an issue from years of meals shared together at her house, so I’ve either been bringing my bounty of food over to cook, taken her out to dinner or brought in healthy take-out.
David, on the other hand, just shows up and is subject to her pantry/freezer fare: processed, microwavable, tough meat, high sodium, high fat, and unfortunately on one night – out of date :(. Not a vegetable in sight. Let’s not forget dessert! He told me that his momma brought in a “snack” tray for him the other night that was laden with the following: 2 mini Mounds bars, 3 neon pink Zingers, and 2 Hostess cupcakes!!!!!
For a man who was raised on this stuff and thought he still loved it, well, he’s had a nutritional epiphany.
You are very welcome, my husband. Spread the news to all the land: Fresh, unprocessed, natural foods nourish our physical, emotional and mental health and greatly increase our quality of life.
From your motivational speaker, Polly Pitchford, who is packing up more “Meals on Wheels” for tonight.