This post talks a bit about food and cooking for other people. If that’s not something you’re cool with reading about please don’t continue.
Merriam-Webster defines hospitality as
generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests : hospitable treatment
I advise you, Loddfafnir,
to take advice;
you would benefit, if you took it,
good will come to you, if you accept it:
do not scorn a guest
nor drive him away from your gates;
treat the homeless well.
-Hávamál: Stanza 135
My religion places a high value on hospitality, and treating other people well. There’s a pretty good article on Patheos about it, written by Alyxander Folmer, from a few years back.
In my mind, there are two acts that I associate with my future plans and hospitality. One of these is giving shelter and help to people who need it, and the other is cooking big-ass feasts.
Giving shelter to people is important to me on a personal level.
After my first year of college I roamed around thse country without a job for a while. No matter where I got settled I couldn’t find anything, and it usually wasn’t too long after I gave up that I moved again. Some of the people I lived with at this time were family, and some were friends. But if it wasn’t for these folks giving me places to stay out of the goodness of their hearts, I might not be here.
One in particular was a friend who was living with his mom, and she took me in and treated me like I was another child of hers. I’ll never forget that amazing woman. If I can help just one person like she helped me, I’ll be satisfied.
Cooking has been a love of mine since I figured out how to do it.
It can be hard to actually do a lot of days due to fatigue and anxiety. (This kitchen is not my kitchen, and that’s scary for some reason.) But when I have the spoons and the space I love to cook.
I especially love to cook for other people. It’s probably me being needy and wanting validation, but there’s no better feeling than having someone tell you that your food is delicious. (Okay, there probably is. But you get my point.)
My ideal cooking scenario? Well, my birthday is in October, and I’m basically a hobbit when it comes to my birthday. I like to get other people gifts and do nice things for them. So my ideal birthday would be a big “harvest” feast where I gather all the people I care about and I cook large amounts of food for them. And of course in my head everyone gets along and nobody says anything rude, which is how I know it’s an ideal and not reality. 😉
At the moment, these are just plans.
Neither of these is possible for me right now, as I make barely enough money to cover my own bills and I live in someone else’s home. But in the future when I have more and can do more, that’s the kind of stuff I want to do for people. And if I start thinking about it and planning it now, I’ll have a road map for when I actually get there.
What about you? Do you have any plans for doing stuff for other people? Or maybe you’re already involved in something that you’d like to talk about? You can brag all you like, I’m giving you permission. Let us know in the comments! Or, share with us on Twitter (mention me @thealexidavis or use the hashtag #adblogtalk).