Food can be satisfying and fortifying, nurturing and loving – and it makes sense.
I think one of the biggest reasons I felt compelled to start Operation Kitchen Garden is because I want to explore the ways in which food matters as something other than a commodity.
The world is full of tons of mind-boggling elements that defy common sense and logic. But few things make as much sense – in a very basic way – as planting a seed in the ground and discovering that it has grown into food.
It is also incredibly miraculous, it’s wondrous. It is something we should be grateful for and revel in.
Didn’t people use to do that more?
I should do a blog on feasting. Remember feasting? A friend of mine and I went for dinner the other night. Delicious Japanese restaurant. We started out splitting a tornado sushi roll and went on to each get an order of what they called a movie box. Which was a wonderfully delicious assortment of foods.
It was great. And plentiful. And I took home what I could not eat.
I was sated.
And shouldn’t we feel sated after we have experienced a delicious meal? And why shouldn’t we find food more pleasing?
Does it make us a glutton to enjoy eating? Well, maybe sometimes, but isn’t that better than feeling deprived?
Not that we should abuse food but I do think getting more involved in our food adds to its pleasure.
Anyone who has grown food knows what it feels like to go to your garden and see the first plants poking their little heads above the soil and into the fresh light of day. It’s exciting!
And, really, how many things are there that simultaneously make good sense and are mind-boggling in their miraculousness?
We also need it for our survival. And when we grow it in a healthy manner in our surroundings it helps boost our immunities, makes us stronger and feeling good.
At least for me it does. At the very least it makes me feel positive about how I am taking care of myself.
And when we are good to the land it is good to us in the type of food it produces.
Food makes a lot of sense. And sometimes it even tastes good, too.