Thursday, January 9, 2014

Being Civilized


It's funny how time gets away from you and stress and worries can make you forget the simplest of pleasures.  A few nights ago, at around 8pm, as I re-heated some leftovers in a cereal bowl, and ate while I paced around the kitchen, I suddenly realized something......I hadn't eaten in a civilized manner since about mid December. 

Don't get me wrong, I've eaten good food thanks to the thoughtful and generous friends who have brought food to the house and the hospital.  Every thing from gourmet wraps, seafood chowder, cabbage rolls and even maple glazed pork tenderloin.  But it seems every thing I ate was from an aluminum pan or Tupperware dish, or most of the time sitting on the edge of Mom's bed, eating the remains of her hospital tray.  (I even ate once directly from a pot standing over the kitchen sink). All of a sudden I really missed sitting down at a table, eating off an actual plate with a proper place setting.  Such a simple pleasure, right? 


Today I went to lunch with a good friend.  It was so relaxing.  A simple soup and panini, but it was worth a million bucks to have a sense of normalcy again. 


Somedays it's just the little things that make us so happy :)



17 comments:

  1. I can remember eating like you describe here. So happy you could sit and enjoy lunch with a friend. God bless.

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  2. Great to hear you had a nice relaxing time with a good friend, you deserve it, Francine.

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  3. This was definitely needed, Kim! I'm so happy you had a chance to enjoy this outing with a friend. Sending hugs!

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  4. Sometimes I eat like that when I'm alone and have a million things to do. You are right, it's nice to take time to have some normalcy in our busy crazy lives.

    The time will come that you will have some normalcy again. Just hang in there.
    Wishing you a relaxing weekend coming up.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. I agree with you, we do forget sometimes about just stopping and enjoying a meal with a friend at a place you don't have to unwrap your food.
    I often just grab and go and never sit down to eat. Well when I am alone.
    It does make things feel more normal. I think that is very insightful of you. I don't think I ever noticed it before. I hope you get some more time like that too.

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  6. Glad you broke that cycle. xoxo

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  7. Years ago I worked with a wonderful lady who was one of the nursing supervisors. She had ovarian cancer and while she was going through treatment I asked her why she was working during that time. I was thinking I would be at home with my family or just trying to take it easy. She said it was because getting up every day and working was normal...having cancer, being sick, was not normal and all she craved was for life to be the way it was before she got ill. I'm older and wiser now and I understand wanting "normal"....I'm glad you got some of that today. Take care Kim and I hope you can enjoy more normal days ahead.

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  8. Hey Girlfriend. Wowsers.... Did I miss the boat on this one... Why didn't anyone tell me??? Eeeek. I am SOOO sorry to read about your mum...And just as sorry that I wasn't here to lend any support.... And why is it that this stuff usually always happens around the holidays? Not that it would be any easier at any other time, but it just seems to stink a bit more.... Please know that I will be doing some double time on prayer duty for ya....and your dear mum.... My mother spent some of the holiday in the hospital as well....but only for a broken ankle....nothing major....biggest concern was that her assisted care facility didn't want to take her back because she was a "fall risk".... Really? I wonder when they figured THAT out. But besides her, I've also spent virtually everyday on hospital "duty" from Halloween to the week before Christmas. No fun....but at least I didn't see any creepy elves anywhere. Yikes....the would scare the bejeebers outta me. Sending you bunches of hugs and good thoughts....wish there were something I could do.... Robin

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  9. Looks like heaven to me.
    Time with a good friend and warm soup.
    Good for the soul.
    Your in my thought and prayers.
    Woolie hugs

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  10. Glad you had a nice lunch with a friend ~ it sounds like they're taking good care of you!

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  11. Hey Kim...I, too, had lunch with a friend. It was at her house and not at a restaurant...it was the getting out and doing something that made it all the more wonderful. Good for you!

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  12. So very important for both your physical and mental well being to sit and relax with a good meal. I hope you are able to do it more often, my friend. xo Laura

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  13. And it's the little things that are most important... I'm glad you finally had a sit down meal... take time to take care of yourself too!

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  14. So true about the little things Kim. I bet that lunch was like gold. I am a pot surfer, I could eat my whole dinner in front of the stove eating out of the pots. CH says I might eat less that way.. :)

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  15. alot of times its just the little things that we forget. Glad you could relax for a little bit.

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  16. It is the small things. So very glad you had a wonderful friend to let you be normal.
    Cathy

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  17. heartily glad you had a good time out with your friend!
    hugs!

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