Today, the Governor talked about Sunday dinner, saying we should, in these hard times:
Create some joy
Look for the silver lining
Cuomo talked about growing up in an Italian family. Sunday dinner was a two or three hour affair.
As a divorced dad, the Governor tried to continue the tradition with his children, but he was not a great cook. So bought the meatballs and sausage from a store, and then would prepare and simmer the sauce. Spaghetti and meatballs with sausage were served. He would never admit he didn't make it, and his children, knowing what a terrible cook he was, wouldn't eat it. So they would go for Chinese after.
Today he will have the family dinner on Skype and by phone.
This reminded me of when I first started to date my spouse, almost 50 years ago. We were of different religions and cultures. I was invited to Sunday dinner at his house - spaghetti and meatballs/sausage with sauce. I was in a panic, because spaghetti wasn't often on the menu at my house. Could I even eat it without getting it all over me?
|A past dinner|
But I grew to love Italian food, especially the food my mother in law, and later my spouse, made. My mother in law was an excellent cook, and her son follows in her footsteps.
In my mother in law's last years, we would buy frozen meatballs and jarred sauce, and cook it in her small apartment in an independent living project. We crowded around her small dining table, and it brought each of us joy.
No, we aren't going to have a family dinner today, and we don't know when we might have one next. But just thinking of those meals brings me joy.
What about you? How are you hanging in at this time of stress?