Every Sunday, a close group of friends gets together for dinner. We take turns hosting. The host provides a main dish, usually vegetarian, and everyone else brings something. This used to happen sporadically but now it is organized. We have a Google Calendar and all of October is booked. Tonight my husband and I hosted with the theme of football (yes, you can have a theme if you want). We ate chili with tortilla chips and/or cornbread and roasted vegetables while watching the Giants v. Eagles game. (I am a big Giants fan. Sorry Bears. I know I live in Chicago and I really appreciate you and will even more so if you beat the Cowboys tomorrow night). We also shared the Peak and Pit of our weeks. It seemed appropriate that I share this project as the peak of my week. So it’s out there, which means I can’t stop now. (Not that I was thinking about it). I’ve already received some amazing words of support from great friends!
These dinners are a great way to stay connected in an ever busy city with careers and family and many other important priorities pulling us in all directions. Facebook, Twitter and, yes, blogs masquerade as closeness. I check social media multiple times every day and they do keep me updated on everything from births to weddings to team spirit to political rants to how cute your cat is when he/she sits on your laptop. And I love that! But Sunday Dinner reminds me how important it is to get together, to sit around a table with friends and talk about the week.