Welcome to the table. We’re putting more boards in.
You know about those extension tables that look innocently square and seat four people, one on each side. And then one day you show up to find the table stretched full out with 20 or so people pulled up around it.
Somebody had pulled that little squared-off piece of furniture apart at its center seam. Somebody had also dug a bunch of table boards out of the closet, fit them all side-to-side so more people could come, and then a party unfolded.
That’s what we’ve got going here, folks.
I can’t tell you how stunned I am to be part of all of you, who on a moment’s notice let loose with solutions and ideas whenever one of you asks a question or has a problem. So far, it’s been about food. Who knows what else you all might have to offer on other subjects if you were asked.
Anyway, what I’ve noticed is that the best cooks don’t possess their recipes or their tips. They share them—hoping that you have as much pleasure in making other people happy as they do. That’s made it possible for me to be a better cook—and in case you haven’t heard, I started from Zero. Or below.
It’s also made me a better sharer. I was about on the same level with sharing as with cooking as I was growing up. I think maybe that comes (at least partly) from having just one sib. When there are just two of you, that means everything gets cut in half. Exactly in half. For instance, even the back seat. When my brother strayed over his side onto mine, smack smack. Shameful, I know.
Well, I got seized by that little confession as I thought about the great spirit of kindness and helpfulness romping through our Facebook community. I’d love to have that happen here as well.
We’re all moving along, trying our best to feed our families and households, even nurturing them. You can’t do that alone. Well, you can, but it goes a lot better when you have company along the way.
So, welcome. I hope you join our conversation!