I have to point out that I think of and miss my mother every day. If there are days that are especially hard, it is not when Hallmark says I should feel bad, it's when I do: my birthday and her birthday.
I asked my teenagers what they wanted for holiday gifts. They said they didn't know. And nothing.
How is this possible? Teenagers in a consumer age and not only do you have everything you need, you don't actually want anything? I was surprised. And then I patted myself on the back.
That food can root us in the past while offering hope for the future seems proof of its power to transform. Most of us have experienced the bliss of biting into a dish so divine it thrills alive the soul as well as the body.