Pretty soon, Thanksgiving will be upon us; it’s my absolute favorite holiday. In my family, Thanksgiving is a time dedicated to the art of cooking and the joy of a good meal shared with those closest to you. Last year, I was in the kitchen until the wee hours of night before the big day, preparing one of my family’s favorite dishes with my father. We teased each other about how the other was frying, how hot the pan should be and how much oil to use. My sister stood by as the official taste tester. She took each bite slowly, narrowed her brow, and tapped her chin with her finger — but she always drew the same conclusion: she needed to try “just one more” to be sure they were good enough.
On the big day, we stay for hours around the table sharing bottles of wine and stories, arguing politics and policy — always laughing. It’s always approaching midnight before we part ways. Between cooking beforehand and enjoying the day’s festivities, Thanksgiving is truly a time of togetherness.
As a member of the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB) family, my heart aches during this time of year; too many families do not get to experience such a feast of the heart and stomach. And, let’s face it, food doesn’t just sustain the body — it feeds the soul. At a time when families should be gathering to enumerate their blessings, too many of our neighbors are left wanting and hungry.
I encourage you to connect with the MAFB throughout the holiday season to help us provide needy families with the kind of holiday that we all should have…the kind of Thanksgiving that brings us all together.I wish you a holiday filled with family and friends and, of course, a table laden with food to bring you together.