Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Comfort Zone by Barbara Quinn

Spring is sprung. That means Easter is almost here. On Easter Sunday my son and daughter-in-law, nephew and his wife, niece, brother and sister-in-law, Mom (who is 87 and is treating us all to dinner), husband, and I will meet at a restaurant for dinner and catch up on each other’s lives. Then we’ll drive to my house for coffee and dessert. I’ve ordered a special grana, the wheat pie that is made for Easter, and lots of miniature cannoli, sfogliatelle, and ├ęclairs, and even a couple of St. Joseph’s pastries because Easter is early enough that they are still around. We’ll break out the port and sambuca, heat the espresso, coffee, and tea, and spend more time discussing everything from politics to celebrities. It doesn’t get better than that.

I’m grateful to have people to gather with for the holidays. The celebration with family gives life a comforting rhythm. For a while we forget all the daily hassles and problems and enjoy each other’s company. These times together shore up my defenses. It’s good to know there are people I can count on to be there in times of sorrow and joy. This comfort of family has no price, cannot be bought, and is a worthy life goal.

The person who will be missed when we gather is my Dad. While he was alive he worked hard and took care of us. He invested wisely and left my Mom with enough funds that she is treating us all to dinner, “courtesy of dear old Dad.” I like to think he’s smiling and happy that he is still taking care of us now.

My heart goes out to all the families who would like to but cannot spend time together. Soldiers and their far apart families, people too ill to celebrate, the dying and the departed, those who have to work on that day to support their families, those who are too poor to make a special meal. Even though you are apart or in dire straits, family can still give you comfort. And that is what I wish for you. Comfort and peace, and a welcoming family when you finally do gather once again.


Angie Ledbetter said...

Nice to have family and friends to be with on a holiday...and NOT have all those dishes to wash. ;)

I'm especially glad for holidays when I get time away from school just to be home. Yay!

Nannette Croce said...

Tomorrow in my post, a different take.


Michael Manning said...

Barbara: You clearly are a warm soul and I too miss my Dad every single day! I am very sorry for your loss. But I am very heartened by this post! Take care. :)

Barbara Quinn said...

Michael, I'm sorry for your loss of your dad. How great is it that our dads are men who are missed? You don't miss a headache! We're lucky to have good memories.
Thanks for dropping by (on a sentimental day) and do stay in touch.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Food and Family - :-)

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