30 Days Of Astonishment: Being Cooked For


“…cooking done with care is an act of love.”~Craig Claiborne

Day 3 on astonishment:


After an intense dance class, I dragged myself home in the dark: a drenched, and sore, dishrag.  It was almost too much to take a shower.

And then, the magic!  My husband cooked a delicious dinner.

While the aromas of one of my favorite meals wafted alluringly through each room of the house, I started to feel a little more perky.  But nothing could have compared with the unforgettable experience of eating that lovingly cooked meal alongside my family.  I found myself grinning uncontrollably: with gratitude, with pleasure, with revivification.


It may seem commonplace.  And yet, what could be more vitalizing than being fed, having one of our primal needs fulfilled by someone else’s thoughtfulness, effort, creativity? It really is astonishing to go from flat out exhausted and ravenous to energized and satiated due to someone else’s generosity….especially when the food is tasty, thereby also feeding our souls.

Whether the cook is someone we know or someone we’ll never meet, his or her gift of a meal is truly amazing–nourishing us, mind, body and soul.


What astonishes you?

Instructions for

living a life:

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.” ~Mary Oliver, “Sometimes”

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4 Responses to 30 Days Of Astonishment: Being Cooked For

  1. Eileen says:

    Perfect example to go with Mary Oliver’s “Sometimes.” I could feel what a lovely surprise blessing it was.
    I was astonished today when I was with three women friends, We were 70, 79, 81, 94. We were discussing wrinkles and I looked at our 94 year old friend and realize how beautiful she is. She has lovely bright white hair, blue blue eyes that sparkle, an beautiful sweet smile, and a soft glow about her. Though her face is a mass of wrinkles everywhere, that is never what you notice first or most times at all. That is true beauty and it is astonishing.

  2. Rachael says:

    Lovely. It’s those ‘little’ things xx

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