My grandmother gave us all comfort

in the form of homemade noodle soups

and goulashes and stews;

and on a cold winter night, if you were

spending the night with Grandma, she

would make hot tea with lemon and honey

and some buttered saltine cracker.

Food, I realize,

was a form of comfort from my grandmother

and I have followed in her footsteps,

patterning my gift of comfort from

what is in the kitchen–

soups and stews and chowders

but especially hot tea

with honey and lemon

and those buttered saltine crackers.

How we give comfort

and how we receive it

can take many different forms,

but for me

it always starts in the kitchen.


Sandra Lee Smith

originally posted December 2, 2009

Updated August 15, 2018

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