First Attempt at a Communal Meal

Copyright by Linda Lundgren
Copyright by Linda Lundgren

“We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone anymore. Heaven is a banquet and life is a banquet, too, even with a crust, where there is companionship.”   

― Dorothy Day

Yesterday was my first attempt at hosting a communal meal in my small,  intoxicatingly cozy apartment.

I’ll confess I have much to learn in regards to remaining calm while cooking and finding the confidence in my Amanda-trained skills. This was my first time to cook a full meal for more than, well me, in quite some time.  On top of that, I wanted to ensure that the kids had something yummy to eat.  Amanda graciously passed along an easy, scrumptious, and healthy recipe and as always she motivated and kept me standing firm during the whole process.

So let’s lay out the meal plan and if you are expecting it all to be fully homemade, then you don’t know me very well.  Remember I’m the girl who didn’t know how to work an oven till I was in high school.

  • Main dish – Amanda’s Arugula/Tomato/Basil Angel Hair Pasta.
  • Healthy Option #2:  Above dish but substitute Angel Hair Pasta with seasoned spaghetti squash
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar
  • Amy’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese – I’m not ashamed and the kids loved it!
  • Garlic Bread
  • Tofutti Cutie Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • And the biggest hit of the night: PISTACHIOS! Freddie and Addie’s new favorite.
  • Friends brought hummus and veggies and homemade wheat/rosemary bread to complete the meal.

All and all a filling meal that helped me gain even higher respect for friends who do this on a daily basis for their families.

The time seemed to stand still and I believe many of us felt this was a natural thing to do on a Friday evening – the sharing of a meal with one another after a week of work and the beginning of a weekend. Something within us aligned to this natural gathering.

I witnessed the beauty in chaos; in children’s laughter and clumsiness, 6 kids in a one bedroom apartment with 4 adults trying to eat as well as assist these little hands, a cat that unwillingly lead parades of running children through plates and cups, and the meeting of friends that had only heard stories of one another.

My favorite hilarious moment of the evening was the drenching of a  20 month old due to her inquisitive nature of the cat’s water bowl. This resulted in a naked baby from the waist up with a ruffled skirt and pink leg warmers/pink chucks to complete her adorable look.

It was the beauty of community in full chaotic force and I yearn for next Friday.

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” 

― Dorothy Day

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