Yesterday smack-dab in the middle of the day I was caught up in errands, rushing around buying last minute parsnips, rutabagas and a few other miscellaneous items for our Progressive Dinner tonight. Distracted by the Christmas rush and frustrated with the traffic I had a few seconds to quickly text my son Elliot who was at school, with a Christmas gift idea that had just popped into my head.
He texted me right back, "No thank u Mi Mi what do u want?"
That made me pull the car over right then. Not only was my 16 year-old son not thinking about himself, he was thinking about me! The text changed my whole perspective as I texted him back that I loved him.
My mind immediately moved from material to spiritual. It also moved me into a thankful mode, as I remembered back to the last 2 Mexico mission trips that changed my son's outlook on life and how fortunate we really are. It also reminded me of the one Mexico mission trip that I took as a young woman in my 20s, which was a life-changing experience for me!
Even in these teenage years, my son is getting it. I will admit he's learned through tangible experiences far more than I ever knew at his age.
Yes, Elliot’s text stopped me dead in my tracks and got me thinking in the right direction.
So salmon, green beans, parsnips and rutabagas were purchased yesterday, for preparation for my part of the meal, and a new silver candle for the center of the dining table (oops, I broke my rule of not buying anything new!), as the busyness of the day consumed me while I crossed off 8 destinations from my "to do" list.
Finally, in the quiet of the evening last night close to midnight, I was able to enjoy one of my most favorite elements of entertaining. I set the table in preparation of my guests coming tonight.
Tonight is a night that my husband and I look forward to all year long. It's been a tradition for 5 years to be one of the couples of this progressive dinner group, as we partake of 4 courses in 4 different homes.
I'm the lucky "main course" chef tonight. And the beauty is: I only had to come up with 3 dishes - not 3 courses! I'm using old "standby" recipes because not only are they tasty, but they are familiar!
The other positive aspect of having a progressive dinner during the holiday season is that each home is festive and uniquely decorated. Even the Christmas music being played is different - some classical, some jazz, and even traditional. Each home has an elegance of its own and an exceptional flavor of food!
As we progress from house to house, I already know how we’ll be celebrating. We’ll be celebrating the Babe from Bethlehem, and the anticipation of His birth. We’ll be toasting the gift of many years of friendships.
And significantly important will be this: the way we connect, how we talk, and why we love.
Yes, it will be 4 delicious courses, around 4 amazing tables!
Have you ever been part of a progressive dinner group, or is it something you’d like to try? I'd love to hear your story!
(marinating salmon – YUM!)