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Day 19: Think of someone whose cooking warms your soul and tell them

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Gotta love this one...
Day 19: Think of someone whose cooking warms your soul and tell them about how much their nourishment has meant to you.

Wikipedia defines "Cooking or cookery (as) the art, technology, science and craft of preparing food for consumption."
The Oxford dictionary defines nourishment as "the food necessary for growth, health, and good condition."
Finally "food" (in my book) is sustenance - "the maintaining of someone in life or existence."

I have so many family, friends (including some Sparkers), mentors and children who have 'fed' my soul with their special 'cookery' that to pick one person would be difficult. I'm hopeful I have indeed told many of you how you've touched my life, but I want to take this opportunity to 'shout out' to WALKINGANNIE as she provided the support I needed to grow, continue my healthy journey and keep me in 'good' condition.

Annie was dealing with some serious health issues before she stopped posting, so I believe she may have left the earthly plane. In her honor and to thank her for her nourishing words and counsel, I'd like to post a favorite Henry Van Dyke poem:

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...
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