What a great movie! Nora Ephron at her very best! Oh my, I cannot rave enough about this movie. It was adorable, funny, bittersweet, lovely to look at, great soundtrack, wonderful acting. The whole kit & caboodle.
I think from the time the music started I didn’t have a dry eye again the rest of the night.
And the whole food thing didn’t hurt either.
Anytime a movie has to do with food it immediately catches my eye. It is a storyline I feel very connected to.
Something about sharing meals has always had a special meaning for me. Part of it is of course because I love food – good, good food – so very much, but more than that, I think it is the community you find around food that I am drawn to. Around the preparation and sharing of food.
Most of my favorite childhood memories involve people I love and the meals we shared, the cooking we did together, the “special occasion” restaurants we visited.
Most Sunday’s I prepare and help serve Communion at our church.
I gather all the elements and set the table. Then, when the moment comes I join with another pastor to serve this little meal to our community.
Surprisingly to me this part of the service has become my favorite. I think it is because something joyful seems to happen as I lean in to offer the cup to each person, smiling, whispering words of hello or blessing.
… for around this table you will find your family,…where the broken are molded into beloved community.
We are all broken. It is a true part of life, but sometimes, through some sort of Grace, we do find ourselves gathered around tables where we find family – sometimes unexpectedly – and sometimes we can even feel ourselves being bound together over bread and wine, hamburgers and fries, tacos and margaritas, into a beloved – though not perfect – community.
I think that is why we keep cooking, keep baking, keep eating, keep serving, keep trying. No matter what life we are living, we can always come back to the table.