Thinkin' Back

Thinkin' Back

Comfort Food Delivery

When I was growing up it was a common thing to take food to people, whether they were family, friends, a church member, or just a member of the community. We would take food to new families that had just welcomed a new baby into the world, because you discover new levels of tired when you bring that sweet baby home. We would take food to people who had been sick or had surgery, just to show them that we’re thinking about them and hope they get better soon. We would take food to grieving families who had just lost a dear loved one and didn’t have time to think about eating.

I always think back to listening to my momma on the phone with different ladies when they were coordinating who would bring what and when. Taking care of others is something that is a part of who I am and who I always want to be. This is still something that I do today, from making chicken noodle soup for sick folks to freezable casseroles to new parents. It’s not something that I ever felt like I had to do; it’s something that I truly enjoy doing.

Also, I’ve been on the receiving end as well. When you have something major going on in your life, it’s easy to forget about eating. And, even if you don’t forget taking the time to cook something just doesn’t seem like it’s worth the energy. Being able to go heat up something when you’re sick or being able to eat something after sitting in a hospital waiting room all day, just helps sooth the soul a little.

Sadly, as with too many things in today’s world, this practice seems to be something you don’t hear of much anymore. A dear friend of mine at work will be welcoming her first son within the next month. Not only am I excited to see that precious baby boy, but I am already getting recipes in mind of what I will be making to take to the family.

Since I like to include others in things that I enjoy, I decided to send an e-mail out to other girlfriends in the office to see if they would like to participate. I’m honest enough to say that it hurt my heart at the responses that I received. Replies such as “why would we do that?”, “who even does that?”, “I don’t have time for anything like that”, “I don’t cook, we eat out”, and even “who are you? A 1950’s homemaker who wants to be Betty Crocker?”

I was not only shocked by the replies that I got, but I was also shocked that no one wanted to help. I know that people are busy, but it’s just sad that we’re not willing to help others. I feel stronger now, more than ever, that I want to keep this tradition going.

If you’ve never been a part of something like this, I urge you to either join or start a group. You don’t have to be a great cook to do it! You would be surprised by how much the thought alone will make someone’s day.

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