I am walking with my boy and my dog on New Year’s Eve, stepping light and enjoying unseasonably warm weather. We feel the freedom of shedding the winter trappings—no hat, no gloves, no puffy coats or boots. This unfettering allows us to move along with fluid joy—Lucy Mae straining at leash.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? I ask him, as we head down to the creek.
I want to be healthier in 2011, he says.
What will you do to be healthier?
Eat better. Eat more vegetables. Less fast food. And exercise. I want to exercise more.
I am a wee bit disturbed that my eleven-year-old is preoccupied with such things. But I know he is right. We have fallen into the same trap so many families do: hurry, hurry, hurry; giving only a second thought to what we put in our bodies.
In the midst of plenty, we have forgotten how to eat, says Leslie Leyland Fields, the editor of The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God. This collection of essays —our new book club selection at the High Calling—is teaching me mindfulness. This reading leads me into a greater awareness of what I turn to for nourishment.
We read the first five essays this week–tasted Wild Fruit with Patty Kirk, savored Late October Tomatoes with Brian Volck, shopped The Communion of Saints with Jeanne Murray Walker, dipped hands deep into The Land that Is Us with Ann Voskamp, and—appropriately so–studied a recipe For a Sweet New Year with Margaret Hathaway.
I think about the words from these first selections as I study my son’s profile. Does he understand the deeper implications of his words?
**Read the rest of this discussion on our first selections from The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God over at the HighCalling today. Join us in this fantastic read if you like!