A rare Monday blog post. I’ll keep it short so you can get back to whatever it is you do on Monday mornings to help you forget that it’s Monday morning.
Celiac Rule: No one ever said “eating out” has to entail “eating”.
Case in point – My mom lives in a nursing home about 30 minutes from the Dude ranch. I don’t see her as much as I should…that’s on me. She can make it challenging at times…that’s on her. She’s in a tough stage. I need to do better. Enough said.
Anyway, I had one of those “celiac sucks” weekends where my stomach was just killing me. Perhaps too many cookies and cocktails Friday night…and I paid the price.
Yesterday, my brother and I headed over to the nursing home to take my mom out to brunch. We pick my mom up and took her to Restaurant A, a very nice place. She wonders why we are here and not at Restaurant B, where she had been before. A few moments of awkward silence later, we explained that we thought we’d try somewhere different. No biggie.
But I could tell it was a biggie. Sadly. I finally said to her “It’s not always about the what and the where, but about the who.”
And then it struck me that’s the same advice I frequently share on this blog. Get the focus off the food and put it on the people and you’ll be much happier.
It turns out the restaurant not only had a nice menu, but a five-star buffet as well. It had a carving station, omelette station, waffle station, bagels, ribs, chicken, salmon. Seriously, it had the works.
My brother got the buffet. My mom, still a tad perturbed we weren’t at Restaurant A, ordered off the menu.
The waitress asked me what I would like and I simply said “Nothing for me, thanks”.
I knew my body had to heal and I wasn’t about to take even the smallest risk.
We ended up having a nice time and believe it or not, NOT eating did not kill me.
It’s not always about the food folks.