I'm almost finished reading Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. I have loved every book she has written so far, but none as much as this one. She writes so perfectly about food and God. I'm not a book reviewer by any means so I'm not gonna say much more than - if you like to cook or want to like to cook, and if you relate tasting amazing food to heavenly moments with God then your should read this book. You will learn and also feel like you are having a conversation with someone who gets you.
Anyway, the main takeaway I have from the book so far is that I long for a routine with good friends. I have great friends all across the country. But what I lack is routine with my local friends. I want dinner parties that are casual and regular and close-knit. I want a table full of great food and great conversation. I want tears of joy and tears of pain staining my table. I sometimes cry because I ache for this so much. I'm realizing that it's a need not a want now. And I am also deciding that it's something that I need to cultivate not just hope will happen. Maybe the ache I feel is coming from God so that I will start it. Maybe my dear local friends don't have the ache, not because they aren't also missing it but maybe because they aren't the one that needs to organize. Maybe they are the ones that just need to show up.
Shauna writes so lovingly about her cooking club that it brought all these feeling right to the surface again. So, I'm planning for it in very small ways even in the midst of friends deciding to move away, dealing with a bout of depression, and serious lack of funds to actually cook for more than myself. I'm planning. I need a weekly or monthly or something routine with my friends, and I sense they do to, even in the midst of our crazy lives (hello cd coming out soon!).
Do you ever feel this way? Have you had major success with monthly dinner clubs? Will you teach me your ways?