“There is absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush. Everybody should be free to go very slow”—Robert Frost
I admit that I hate that our society is so rushed. We hurry through too many great moments of our lives. Some of life’s best times are tucked away in an ordinary day. I’ve always told my children that to never take for granted the beauty of an ordinary day. When some days are crazy for me, I try my best to slow down, and enjoy the little moments.
There is no better time for that than around a meal with loved ones. Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement, recognized the need for us all to enjoy the entire experience of a meal from the farm to the table. From it, he formed an international reminder of the power of taking care of what we eat and knowing its origins.
It is also widely known that slowing down to a meal with loved ones is one of life’s most nourishing moments. Whether a wedding celebration, or a slice of local fruit at home….savor the moment and taste the food. Want a little therapy? Go to your local farmer’s market or produce stand. Sip some ice tea. Swing in a hammock. Take your honey to your favorite locally owned restaurant, and chat with the owner. You’ll be glad you did, I promise!