|our "valentines" (feb 3, before my first surgery): we both had a dessert :-)|
It is true. I grew up with desserts all around me and I LOVE THEM. If you've ever had my mother's pies, you understand.
I've been acting pretty good the past week or so, but the other night I was craving a dessert. I dutifully called my wife and asked her if she'd like me to pick up something for her, too...I already knew the answer: "No." She is so good. Well, I went out to the nearby Fresh Market and looked at the desserts. I went there because I knew I could get just one single cupcake, and, from experience, I knew that the calories would be worth it at that bakery.
But, when I got home I didn't just have just a single cupcake in my bag. I had a whole Apple Brown Betty Pie and vanilla bean ice cream. Who am I? I'm a monster!
But, you know, I think it isn't just about sugar. For us who are "fat kids," I have to suggest, that, in part, it is about memory. I can almost taste the snickers bar when I am in the check-out line. I could taste the deep vanilla of the ice cream as I picked it up off the shelf. Worse, when I go home, the memories of my mother's cooking is intoxicating: whether it is something universally delicious like Blackberry pie or beef stew or something like depression-era mackeral patties. It isn't the culinary genius as much as the memory of that food from my time growing up that makes it so amazing (but, mom, you are also a culinary genius).
|church folks, can you almost taste it?|
Memories are powerful things. On Sunday, at my church, we celebrated Holy Communion. For Christians, the taste of the bread and juice/wine are meant to draw on memory the same way as my mother's cooking did. For adults who grew up in the church the taste of bread and juice (wine) takes them back to memories of childhood in the church. For the early Christians it must have been a powerful reminder of a time when Christ was in their midst doing incredible acts. For all Christians of all times it connects us to the people who have come before us. It is a very real connection to them. It also reminds us of all the people who will come behind us in our living tradition. Perhaps just as importantly: because there are churches around the world in every time zone that celebrate Communion / Eucharist daily, there are Christians constantly communing with one another and with Christ! Communion is a very real sign that we are connected to one another and Christ no matter our distance through time and space. It is amazing, really.