Last Saturday night, in prep for Kimberly’s annual Valentine’s dinner I was prepping chocolate dipped strawberries for the family and had the greatest time. That’s right, just me + strawberries + chocolate :)
In the kitchen I often get to thinking…not too many distractions, and for some reason repetitive tasks such as cutting up vegetables or dipping strawberries in smooth, glossy chocolate over an extended time really relaxes and de-stresses me (am I ocd?)
I was thinking how this year our numbers would be slim as Mum and Dad are in England, as well as Luke (temporarily), and of course our older two brothers and their families who live there permanently. I hate when my parents are out of the country… I feel like a little girl homesick for them, which then leads to missing and thinking about my siblings. This night was no exception and almost every action reminded me of them.
Rob: In our kitchen, I keep an old CD player and a sampling of my favorite CD’s. When I play them, it always reminds me of my brother, and his love for music. Plus my favorite CD’s are ones he has given me, classics like Blondie, Johnny Cash and the Proclaimers.
Phil: I always feel like Philip (the chef of our family) when I get my apron on and enjoy making something delicious in the kitchen.
Dan: I thought of Daniel while anticipating our dinner the next day at his house and grateful to him, for his constant efforts of inviting us all over to get our family together.
Hel: I felt like Helen, when somehow ALL of my fingers got covered in chocolate, and I HAD TO lick them before washing them clean. She always looks graceful no matter what, and I am always a clumsy mess.
Sar: I thought of Sarah when I drizzled with chocolate the perfect strawberry. She and Martha Stewart would’ve been proud.
Lukey: I thought of Luke when I sang along (very loudly) to Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me”. (Luke, is a huge, 6′ 7″ beast of a man and is so funny when he sings his lungs out to Taylor Swift).
Sammy: When I realized I was having such a good time, I giggled out-loud. Sam, the baby of our family is always giggling to himself.
I had such a fun few hours making these sweet treats and enjoying even more the sweet thoughts of my siblings.
Brothers and sisters, I love when a simple action reminds me of you and how much I love you.
Happy Valentine’s Day