It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of Sunday supper, where everyone can come together to share the day, rehash the week and enjoy a delicious meal. It’s something I try to serve up each week, regardless of who is sitting around the dining room table, but with kids in all directions and one out of the house, those times when our immediate family is all together are infrequent and all the more precious when they happen. This week, due to college schedules, we got to enjoy Saturday breakfast instead.
The day dawned rainy, which was just what my family needed. Not just a balmy drizzle but a cool, pouring rain, satisfactorily hammering against the windows. The kids were snug in their respective beds, my hubby was snoozing on the sofa with a dog, and I was enjoying one of those great moments, an unexpected gift of grace. How lovely to have my all kids home, asleep on a rainy morning, with no immediate pressing schedule (time enough for that later) and me awake to enjoy it. The only way to improve the morning would be a great breakfast to start the day. After a bit of quiet time, I started frying bacon.
It had the intended effect. My husband opened his eyes and we shared a “wow, life is pretty great” moment. I popped some cinnamon rolls in the oven. (I had this in the fridge; not homemade but not bad.) Kids started coming downstairs and flopping on sofas. I started scrambling eggs with shallots and spinach and arugula. Orange juice and cups of tea, our definition of cozy, were consumed. A little sweet cantaloupe.
We didn’t all sit at once and we didn’t all actually eat, but we shared the morning and our love of rainy days and a whole lot of unspoken love. And then it was time to pack up my oldest and get him out the door for a two week trip. The spell was effectively broken, but my middle boy loaned his brother his own nicely tailored blazer for the conference and THAT was a silent act of love. His sister folded all his tee shirts. I put a warm loaf of homemade bread in hands as he climbed into his car and we stood in the drizzle waving goodbye. I don’t know what everyone was thinking, but I was thanking God for those little fleeting pockets of time. And for the inspiration to start frying bacon.
Here’s the breakfast bucket…
What you can see (clockwise top to bottom):
- cantaloupe seeds (I normally don’t compost seeds but these local melons were so delicious I wouldn’t mind some volunteer plants in my spring garden)
- cantaloupe rinds
- lots and lots of eggshells, a dozen to be exact
- shallot skins and stem ends (hiding under all those eggs)
- a whole lot of love (hard to see but you know it’s there)
I wonder if all that love will compost … actually, I think it’s the ingredient that really makes our compost great.