Oh, The Food at Family Reunions!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
What a wonderful day yesterday was! My 4 siblings and I were all together with my 87-year old mother and multiple nieces and nephews...and my mother's newest great grandson, Owen! (mine couldn't be there ;(
Now, my 87-year old mother, who weighs in at her same age...still loves a party (we were at a wedding Friday night and she danced her feet off :)... anyway, she loves a party...and loves to cook for one!
I had resolved to stay within my limits... but out came the chips and dips...and into my mouth they went. Out came the fresh fruit, cheese, pepperoni and crackers and into my mouth they went... then out came the buffet... ambrosia, cole slaw, lasagna, homemade mac & cheese (grandchildren fav), baked beans (with meat and bacon), kielbasa, sausage & peppers, great breads, and on and on and on...
I had totally resolved to eat within my limits... but just a tablespoon of each dish and my dish looked like a mountain (well, maybe a hill, b/c I was being good!) I was almost happy my mother didn't have a computer b/c I was afraid I would blow up the food tracker if I tried to enter everything I ate :)
Anyway, we were all sitting outside b/c it was a gorgeous summer Connecticut day...and all of us were relishing the deliciousness of every dish...and that's when it hit me... we were celebrating my mother through her cooking! Her grandchildren raving about her mac & cheese, me saying I won't eat anyone's coleslaw except hers, my brother-in-law from SC walking in the door saying he could smell the kolbas. After we ate, everyone was groaning about how full they were...but they were contented groans! We were keeping tradition (family get-togethers) and forging memories!
Of course, the grandkids wanted the desserts...so we had to clean up to make way for the those... Into the kitchen... dishes, washing, drying, laughing, sharing, reminiscing, forging more memories...
I had to leave (5 hour drive home) and chose to do so before I caved into the desserts - which were really insane...mainly b/c my sister is known for her cheesecakes, and another brother-in-law works for an incredible bakery!
As I was driving home, I realized not all my over eating is due to negative emotional eating...sometimes it's happy emotional eating. I was with my family - it was such a joyful, joyfilled day... and my mother, at 87 years old, was in her glory! She had all of her children, most of her grandchildren, her great grandson, and many of her friends around her...
I realized in the big scheme of things, how very fortunate and blessed I am...another memory forged - all b/c of the food at family reunions!