Having put up with me for almost three decades, I promised my parents, when I moved out, that I would cook them a feast on the last Saturday of every month; a form of gratitude on my part.
When I made this promise, I didn’t realise how big a deal it would be for my parents, myself and even those around me.
I only realised when I got the classic Saturday conversation filler from a friend – “So, what you doing tonight?”
“Nothing much – I cook for my parents on the last Saturday of every month so that will take up most of my evening.”
My friend’s reply was subtle but inspiring – “Awwwww, that’s lovely, you have such a great relationship with your parents!”
Throughout that whole day I could not get this comment out of my head – “do I? Is that not normal? Don’t other families do things together? Do I take the relationship I have with my parents for granted?”
It’s funny how a relatively minor task like cooking for your friends and family has a big impact on your relationships and your health.
If all it takes is a couple of hours per month, to cook and spend time with your friends and family, in order to create a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle, then I’m in! I hope you are too!
On the last Saturday of every month WE (you and I) are going to cook a meal for close friends and family. We are going to share recipes, trials and tribulations. Whether your #FFF is a disaster or a culinary masterpiece, I want to see it and I want to hear about it!
Benefits? What benefits…
- Improve cooking skills
- Develop ability to follow a recipe (instructions)
- Increase nutritional knowledge
- Develop stronger relationships
- Improve soft skills – Conversation, storytelling, etc.
- Feel grateful
- Feel part of the #FFF community
- Escape from “noise” and technology
- Establish discipline
- Provide an example for children in the family
- Save money by not eating out