Saturday, 16 February 2013

Simply a moment...




The smell of garlic and chorizo fills my nose.  I stir the pan once more. Chris and Thomas have come to stay and I am cooking tea.  This is quite unusual, I realise,  for it's usually Tony that dons the apron and rustles up the gastronomic delights at the weekend.  But I am enjoying this experience and realise that I love cooking when I have time on my hands. It's the midweek rush to feed and taxi after a hard day's work that I don't enjoy.  The sound of laughter filters through from the lounge as I hear the kids on the Wii and the sounds as Thomas tries to communicate with them. Thomas has cerebral palsy. I give a silent prayer that my own kids are fit and healthy.  I then give another prayer  that they have a relationship with Thomas and have the opportunity to learn to be so gentle, so patient, so accommodating with him.  It is a great life lesson.  I stir the pan once more.  Time to add the stock and wine.  I then hear the sound of male voices drifting in from the conservatory.  Tony and Chris putting the world to rights over a glass of red.  I am thankful for such great friendships.  These two have known each other for 25 years and Tony doesn't make friends easily so these old friendships are really important to him.  I sip from my own glass of red, a beautiful Malbec, that glides like velvet over the tongue, and wonder if the few glasses I have had will improve or ruin my cooking!  Well, the proof is in the eating.  Time to add the chicken and put it in the oven...

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8 comments:

kjjc said...

beautiful

alexa said...

Your moment evocatively captures so much, Julia - so many layers of noticing, and thoughts and wishing. Beautiful to read and I hope the dish was perfect! I am touched that you've found the time to join in, and hope you've enjoyed it too. Thank-you!

Helen said...

lovely moment to capture and i hope you all enjoyed eating.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I can smell and see that lovely dish, and I love how your moment captures the true, deep joys of friendship.
Very well written,
Rinda

Louise said...

such a lovely moment....and a reminder that friendships are precious.

I had an old school friend here yesterday - 35 years i've known her...needless to say I should have started on the Pina Colada's after i'd cooked dinner :) x

Liz said...

A lovely moment. It's so nice that the kids all get on so well no matter what. I hope the dinner was a success.

Jennie said...

A lovely moment - I can almost smell that dish cooking! I worked occasionally with youngsters with cerebral palsy, some of my most rewarding days at work ever were spent with them. Lovely that your family have the opportunity to share life with Thomas. Thank you for sharing. J x

Miriam said...

Beautifully written thoughts, your moments sounded deeply satisfying to me. The beautiful red will of course, enhanced your meal.

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