I did my dishes by hand today...

I did my dishes by hand today.

The dishwasher is in perfect shape, and usually I thank god for its existence, and the luck that I have one.

Today I wanted to take the extra time

To recognize my small piece in the co creation of this food

To give thanks that what sits before me will feed my family

I didn’t have to grow it, or move it

 

I didn’t have to preserve or sell it

 

I didn’t have to acquire or cultivate land

 

I didn’t have to plan for weather or check my soil

 

I got to choose my food, from beautiful displays

 

I carried it home and I got to spend some time preparing and adding heat to this food

 

I didn’t raise the animal that made this broth

 

I didn’t even have to visit the farm

 

It was sourced locally and organic, by a shop that did the homework for me

 

This animal fed my family for months, in fact this broth is from our thanksgiving turkey still and we’re days from Christmas

 

 

There’s generations of wisdom behind the recipes I use

 

And teachers they’ve passed through to reach my hands

 

I couldn’t hope to understand half the tools I use

 

To add heat and cut evenly

 

Someone made them

 

And shared them

 

And now they sit and work for me

 

I receive all the thanks, for preparing the food we sit around during the holidays

 

But there’s an army behind me

 

Making this meal possible

 

My part is small

 

But I’m humbled to have it

 

So today, I’ll take some extra time to give thanks for the meal in front of me

 

And miracle that brought it to my kitchen

 

-Maddie