Easter came, it went, and now it’s over! To be honest, while I’m slightly exhilarated at this ending, I’m also slightly in mourning.
Why? I miss food.
You see, Easter, as well as holidays in general, used to mean feast.
These days they mean the opposite of feast to me. Holidays don’t even feel ‘special’. They feel like a whole lot of stress, and very little to show for it.
Celebrations don’t have to revolve around food, and I still stand by that, but something feels like it’s missing….
Guys, I’ve dropped the ball.
Instead of coming up with neat alternatives or using the amazing resources available to find alternatives from my incredible blogging friends that share our story, I quit. I said, “food just doesn’t matter anymore”. But…it does. It totally, absolutely does.
Food is our medium for connection.
I don’t know about you, maybe I’m just totally food obsessed, but all of my favorite moments, the ones that stand out, are around food. Making it, eating it, sharing it, even cleaning up after it.
So, Sunday in a very late in the game decision, I made cadbury-esq eggs. Vegan, delicious, and amazing. And guess what? Even though they were time consuming and incredibly sticky and even a little frustrating to put together, the delight I saw in the three little ones I get to call my own made it all worth it.
Maybe writing off the holidays was a survival mechanism. Maybe it was just what I needed.
Now though, I’m beginning to appreciate and value tradition. Regular, looked forward to events and foods that mean home. Memory making stuff. I’ve neglected to provide that for my family. It’s time to fix that, starting right now. These kiddos deserve to have treasured dishes, beloved holiday meal memories, all of it.
I’ve let food allergies limit our lives for far too long.
It seems I need a new theme for the year: Life without limits! Not crazy-go-wild and dangerous-type stuff, just being open to new experiences. Not letting my first response to invitations of most sorts be ‘no’. Instead I should ask myself, how can I make this work? No, even better, how will I make this work?
Yes, that is much better.
Are you with me? Let’s do this.
Life Without Limits…I really do like that sound of that.