Food for Comfort
In my family, pies are a comfort food. Without touching on whether or not food should be used for comfort, (that’s a whole other subject!), I’ve been recently reminded of this fact yet again. A three-year-old little boy died in a swimming pool accident recently in Yucaipa. A meal train was created to provide meals to the family. I think when something tragic happens in a community, most of us feel pretty helpless. If we don’t know the family, we surely don’t want to disturb them. Yes, we can donate money to a gofundme account, but not everyone can afford to do that, including me. We can, of course, pray for them and send cards or gifts, but I think many people really want to do something practical or helpful that can offer comfort to the family. In this tragic situation, I thought about the fact that in my family, pies are a comfort food. There is something simple, yet complex in a pie. The filling, whether it is fruit or custard or nuts or a combination of the above, surrounded by a flaky, crunchy crust is, well, yummy and yes comforting and it just feels like love. If you’re a pie lover, you know why I have trouble describing the experience of eating a pie! So, long story short, I signed up for the meal train and today donated a family sized chicken pot pie and a mixed berry pie for the family. While I was making it, I focused on sending healing comfort, gentle and soothing understanding and love. It’s not really much to offer to a family who has suffered such a loss, but it’s my way of giving comfort and the message that they are in my thoughts and prayers. It’s the least I can do.