With the current situation in play and all the cancellations of activities, I have come to realize how often I went out to lunch. Quilters, I now know, are a noshing group.
Every meeting I went to was followed by lunch. Every sewing group involved a meal or some snacks. Every gathering of our Bee included breakfast AND lunch.
And then there was the occasional social event which was always centered around food. Eating was a big part of all my activities. How did I not know this before?
I guess I knew it but just took it for granted. It was always there, available, easy, reliable, comforting. Adding a bit of spice and good taste to every occasion. Giving every event a time for us to bond and be relaxed.
But two weeks ago everything changed. Eating establishments began to close or sort of close. Gathering places weren’t available.
Then my friend Lynn called. She already had cabin fever and wanted out of the house. “Let’s go to lunch!” I suggested. She was excited to go.
We met at a Mexican food place. As soon as we entered, it was obvious no one was eating inside. We could do take out. But go where?
“Let’s eat in my car,” Lynn said. So we did. We sat in the front seat of her car eating tacos and quesadillas. We talked. We laughed. We cried. (Lynn had lost a relative recently). We made plans. We shared sewing projects. We spilled salsa on ourselves.
All the things we would normally have done at any lunch, we did in the front seat of her car. It was wonderful. Magical even.
I think when this virus quarantine is all over, Lynn and I will go out to lunch again. And we’ll eat in the car, for old time’s sake.