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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friendship is Gluten Free
As we settle into the middle of summer I wanted to take a moment and say how very thankful I am for friendship. I have been blessed with many wonderful people in my life. The photo currently taking center stage on the blog is of flowers and vegetables given to my family by friends. To me, it is one of the prettiest photos I have ever seen. It reflects caring and generosity.
Something else that reflects caring and generosity is the lengths friends have gone to make me and members of my family feel comfortable. This summer alone we have traveled to a friend's home two times. And twice she and her family have gone out of their way to make sure that we not only could eat, but eat safely several days at a time. This was all done with a grace that made it seem effortless. Eating gluten free 100% of the time is a challenge, but to invite people into your home when you do not generally eat gluten free is another matter all together.
Since being diagnosed with celiac disease two years ago many friends have served me meals in which they sought out brand new recipes, gluten free products or converted recipes specifically to make them safe for me to eat. No one has shied away from inviting me to dinner or been skeptical to try something that I made. No one has joked about whether something was going to taste good based on its gluten free nature. That is not to say that I haven't heard any negative comments about gluten free dining, but never once from a friend. These unfunny jokes were generally from uneducated media personnel or folks who I guess simply do not handle change very well.
So tonight, it is with a humble heart that I say "THANK YOU". Thank you for your love and support and for being you, my dear friends. I don't know what I would do if friendship weren't gluten free.
I love life and I love food. It is not surprising that as an adult I am writing about food. My favorite childhood books were about gigantic food, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs", by Judi Barrett and "The Giant Jam Sandwich", by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. Being diagnosed with celiac disease merely channeled what type of food I write about. Come join me on a gluten free adventure, and let's celebrate everything Gluten Free and You!
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