Saturday, August 21, 2010

Give them comfort, then send them off...

The backpacks are stuffed, the outfits selected and the lunch kits poised and ready to carry everything in handy Martha Stewart tupperware.  The first day of school is upon us.  
Even in my thirties, I meet the first day of school with a myriad of emotions.  There is excitement for the new opportunities; it’s amazing how inspiring a blank notebook can be.  Then, there is melancholy as I accept the end of the relaxed summer months.  The best cure for melancholy, I have learned, is some stick-to-the-ribs comfort food.  So, this week as we prepare for car pools and homework assignments, the dear friends who helped kick off summer at party #39 will bring over wine and children for down home cooking meets kid friendly cuisine.  Our menu:
Spicy Pickled Green Beans served with Fresh Bread
Braised Chicken Thighs with Pasta
Summer Salad
Elvis-Inspired S’mores
Time to toast the fun of summer and encourage our little ones to take on the world.  I’m glad there is wine involved. 

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