Well we certainly seem to connect and enjoy our time in Poland according to Julia Child! The Grants gather with the Słotwiński family and we become ‘the best people’ together. It can be said that sharing food and wine creates a bridge across language and culture.
Our first shared meal was at Ryzard and Lucyna’s house – the gathering of people who are connected all because two people fell in love! It was extremely hot at 36 degrees. You know Lucyna knows how to cook and Dave knows how to compliment a cook – he had seconds because he loves gravy, meat and potatoes!
After the meal, we went outside…. found a shade tree and set up for round two – dessert! Ryzard brought out a coat that he bought for his lovely wife over 20 years ago. It was during Communism and as he worked for the Railroad, he travelled down south in Poland. He saved an entire month’s of wages to give her this coat that I tried on. Let me tell you – it was warm – given the daytime temperature had only dropped to a mere 34 degrees – what a coat to try on!
We enjoyed more food – that’s possible as the Słotwiński family enjoys dessert and Kasia and her Mom, Lucyna made it with love! Hard to complain about dessert shared on a long summer night.
Sharing a family meal provides an experience that touches all of our senses – sight, touch, taste, smell and listening to warm laughter or good conversation. Family meals help provide a regular, consistent opportunity to create a shared experience that is meaningful and offers a sense of belonging to all.
Here’s to family meals!