I have been reading a unique book, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender. I found the premise of the book to be fascinating. The main character in this book has a gift. Her gift is the ability to taste feelings and emotions in the food that someone prepares for her. She can taste joy, betrayal, fear, loneliness, all the feelings, and truths, hidden in the layers of the food. This ability is how she gets to know who you are.
That got me thinking, “what would my daughters and friends know about me if I were to have them over for a homemade meal?”. What would they taste in the layers?
I know they would experience some unpleasant layers that make up my life. Layers brought on by my being discarded by my husband. They would taste the emotional pain of abandonment. They would know the hurt and sadness brought on by a family divided and the physical discomfort of anxiety. If this were all, they were able to taste; it would not be an enjoyable meal. But that is not all they would taste.
I know they would come away inspired by the beauty that surrounds them, as I do.
I know that they could feel the strong faith that I have in God. The knowledge that he walks beside me/them, and he holds our hand.
They would taste the joy I feel when I am with my friends. They would know that I love fun, going on adventures, laughter, and hugs. They would realize how much I love to sing and take photos. How I do my best to give all my worries and concerns to God and how I strive to find beauty and hope even in the challenges of life. They would taste the strong faith I have in my life and how much I love them. They would taste joy:-)