Ever since I was a little girl , food played a huge role in my life . I was not a skinny child nor was I overweight , but somewhere in the middle . Coming from the old country into the U.S. , meant my mom made homemade cheese ,
pasta , jam and bread on a daily basis . We ate well , but I never appreciated it . All I wanted was pizza , canned spaghetti and a peanut butter sandwich with a twinkie for dessert . I wanted to eat like an American .
When I had my children and became a housewife , I was introduced to a variety of foods from all walks of life . Our house was the center of familial dinners for holidays and birthdays . During those years , I learned how to garden , cook and can goods .
Next came being a single parent and that changed everything in my life . Dinners weren't as elaborate , but they were a lot more fun with picnics on the living room floor and breakfast pancakes for dinner . Money was scarce as well as time . . . . mom had to work . To compensate for the lack of things and for a lack of a family unit , Friday night pizza became the norm .
Food took a drastic turn when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in my early forties . No matter what I ate , chemotherapy produced a metallic aftertaste . As I battled nausea , saltine crackers became the best thing I ever ate , and once again , food changed everything .
Nowadays , my life involves eating healthy with a lot more fruits and veggies . Food has done a complete 360 degrees since I came to this country at the age of seven . I can feel the difference health-wise whenever I fall off the wagon and binge .
Food plays such a significance role in our life . Not only does it supplement a need for nourishment for our bodies , but it offers comfort and it becomes a social link to forming relationships .
What we eat doesn't matter , since we can go from delicacy to necessity and still have a sense of togetherness with our loved ones . So let's break bread together .
Have a Blessed day everyone .