I started cooking yesterday. It’s not that I’ve never cooked in all my 50 years, it’s that yesterday, I started cooking with purpose.
Finding time to connect with my parents has been a challenge. With two kids, a dog, a husband, homeschool, extra-curricular activities and building a business it always seems so hard to just stop.
My parents live ten minutes away, but unless we’re dropping off or picking up the kids we don’t see them except for special occasions.
When a loved one passes on, do you ever wish you’d made more of an effort to spend more time with them? I’ve looked death in the face and realized, now is the time.
I decided to not make any more excuses and do something that’s important to me. Spending more time with my parents.
I’m 50 so they’re in their 70’s. I’d love for them to be around forever, but that’s not gonna happen. So the time to enjoy their presence is now, while they’re healthy and present in this life.
My dad is an amazing cook! He’s also Haitian so the Haitian food he makes has cultural significance for both him and me. I can cook some Haitian meals, but not many. So last week I asked my dad if we could do this project together.
So yesterday, my dad and I started cooking lessons. We made my favorite rice. He gave me the ingredients, how to prep and how to cook to get it just right. I wrote out the recipe and followed the instructions completely.
The rice turned out yummy. But the best part was the process. Being able to spend time with my parents, cooking, talking, laughing & sharing.
I visited with them for three hours. Leisure time well spent. Nothing to do but be present with my parents sharing time.
Next week we’re cooking fish.