Thursday, March 31, 2011
Blue Flower Soup & Lessons on Friendship
It's not so much that I don't like people, but I've always drawn fairly definitive lines when it comes to "friends" and "acquaintances."
For me, acquaintances are people you run into at the grocery store or exchange passing waves with at the post office -- but most certainly NOT the people you choose to hang out with, reveal yourself to, or go out of your way to seek out. Friends are the ones who fulfill our need for human connection, bonding, and community. Not strangers. Whenever someone would ask about my friends, I'd always tell them that, for me, it was about quality not quantity, and that I could count the number of friends I had on one hand.
I'm a very loyal person who tends to hold her friends to exceedingly high standards. My devotion to my friends is probably somewhat unusual in its depth and breadth (I really believe friends are worth sacrifice) -- and, I can point to specific scenarios where my loyalty has actually caused conflict due to incompatible (and arguably unrealistic) expectations in my relationships.
Rather than shutting me down, Peef fed my dream. And Soup Night was born.
This year, we've had a particularly rich series of soup nights. And, for the first time, I feel as if the concept that I had in my head all along is really coming to fruition. Strangers are making connections. Old friendships are being renewed. And I'm beginning to realize that our lives are enriched by a seriously awesome group of people.
Even better, much like the villagers from the old Stone Soup folk tale, on Soup Night everyone takes part in this amazing community of nourishment -- both physical and spiritual. There's adventure. And sharing. And somehow, regardless of how many people show up, there's always... enough. It's like nothing I've ever seen before.
Guests brought wine, loaves of French bread, awesome goat cheese, pear, and walnut appetizers, cookies made with delicious homemade poppyseed paste, deliciously addicting Bacon Bourbon Popcorn, cheesecake bars, and chocolate cherry meringues.
And people stayed well past their usual 7:30pm departure time. It was as if we all knew a good thing was coming to an end and we wanted to make the most of it.
I still believe in quality over quantity. However, in the past few years I've been blessed to meet quite a number of amazing people who I feel privileged to call my friends. And soup night has been a big part of that.
Thanks to every single one of you who came... and shared... and participated in my dream.
I can't wait for next year!
Red Lentil Soup
Blue Flower Soup
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