Food: A Bridge To The Past, Present And Future

This is the first time I have ever participated in the WordPress monthly word prompt.  The idea is to take the single word that they give you and to try and build a post around it.  It seemed like a fun and intriguing idea to me, so I mulled it over for a while.  Quite a while really, as we are nearing the end of March and it’s almost time for the April word! 

The word for March is “bridge” and I thought for a long time about how I might connect that to our blog which is about all things food and cooking related, from recipes to kitchen gadgets to eating experiences.  The more I thought about it, the more I began to think of food itself as a bridge – three bridges really – through time. 

  1. A bridge to the present – As a family, we spend our weekdays going off to work, school and the various other activities that we participate in individually.  At the end of the day, food serves as a bridge that leads us all home from those events and back to the table where we share a meal together and catch up with each other.
  2. A bridge to the past – For us, as I’m sure is the case with many families, certain foods and meals represent tradition.  We bake bread together, make pasta together and recently we even had fun making pizza together.  These events bring us closer together and they help us to build and maintain a bridge to the past as we remember the friends and family who are no longer with us.  They were the ones who taught us these traditions and crossing that bridge to the past from time to time brings them back to us as we talk about them and remember them.
  3. A bridge to the future – As we share the cooking traditions of the past with our children today, we help them to build their bridges to the future.  In time, each bridge to the future becomes a bridge to the past as it is crossed, and the cycle goes on and on.

May the food bridges that you build and share with your families and friends be plentiful and may they always be strong enough to bring you together.

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