AT THE TABLE

COLLABORATION/OFFERING no. 273

March 15th, 2021

Louise sent me a quote yesterday–a day that saw the temperature drop back down to wintery, windy cold after a sunny warm spell that positively bellowed spring’s impending arrival.

I hope that’s the case, because last winter (2020), was so different. The snow arrived mid-November and didn’t leave again till April–a full 6 months later. It was such a long, cold time. This year, in stark contrast, we only got our snow in late December, and if the Saint-Patrick’s Day parade were held on the actual day this year (March 17th), it would be under a sunny sky, in balmy 8 degree C air….(at least that’s the forecast).

This helps most of us who have just been bonked on the head by the imposition of Daylight Saving Time…a convention many of us curse.

There is such a deep desire and need to feel joyful these days. We look to hopeful things: a return to some sort of recognizable normality–of a more predictable life–sensing it out there in a near future in which the pandemic runs out of steam (thanks largely to mass vaccination), and everything we have broken, we can soon mend.

To help herself cultivate this positive frame of mind, Louise chose a quote about the pleasures of the table: a universal means of human connection and sharing. But after making her choice, Louise noticed that Brillat-Savarin refers to this pleasure as, perhaps, the last one to be lost in most societies.

We will need much more sun and warmth and pandemic progress if we are to reclaim our right to joy and contentment.

LA CITATION:

Le plaisir de la table est de tous les âges, de toutes les conditions, de tous les pays, et de tous les jours; il peut s’associer à tous les autres plaisirs et reste le dernier pour nous consoler de leur perte.

Brillat-SavarinLa physiologie du goût (1825)

ART: “Les Girls”, James Fitton (1899-1982), Manchester Art Gallery

Fitton, James; Les Girls; Manchester Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/les-girls-204990

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