“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~~ Melody Beattie
I’ve recently had a chance to eat a number of meals with friends. And to my surprise, three of those friends paid. It was incredibly nice.
But more than not having to pay, it was the company. The wonderful companionship, the getting to know friends better, to tell jokes, to share hardships. Sweet.
Lobster rolls and local brewery IPA beer at Pier 80 during Navy Fleet Week.
Carnitas gorditas at a little Mexican shop called Tortilla town in Paso Robles.
Real mac and cheese and homemade beef pot pies at the Ferry Building on the San Francisco bay.
Tacos at the San Francisco Eagle beer bust.
Veal parmesan in the Castro.
Two different breakfasts at the restaurant at the Bahia Resort in San Deigo.
Ribs at a little hole in the wall called Starkey’s on the beach.
All you can eat lobster with friends in Orlando.
Sharing a meal of scallops with a new friend.
Sushi and tempora at a nice little place with a best friend in Kansas City.
Monday nights, when our good friend Will comes over for dinner and a movie.
Even chocolate cookies sent by a friend from the faraway land of Hawaii.
Sitting there after, full to the brim with food and love and laughter.
That’s what it’s all about.
In ancient times a meal was the most important part of family. It was that one time a day that the whole family was together, catching up, loving, caring for each other.
It was the symbol that Christ used to tell the story of His death and rebirth.
There is nothing quite like a meal with friends. The family of choice.
What could be better of that?
Today I am thankful for meals with friends.
Meals with good friends.