One Reason Food Stories are on this Blog.
From Robert B. Parker's book "Pastime":
"You told me how you started to cook, Susan said."You never have said why you like it.
"I like to make things," I said. "I've spent a lot of my time alone, and I have learned to treat myself as if I were a family. I give myself dinner at night. I give myself breakfast in the morning. I like the process of deciding what to eat. There's nothing lonelier than some guy alone in the kitchen eating Chinese food out of a carton.
I know most of the regular readers have gotten tired of me discussing what I eat and all the preparation that goes into the meals I eat. It really rang a bell with me as I read the above passage this morning. I have always liked working with mechanical things and figuring out how they work and being able to repair them.
What is computer programming if not the ability to take various ingredients (multiple software programs and hardware) and put them together to perform a specific task?
For me as an inmate in a correctional facility, the self-prepared meals certainly give me a bit of control where I have so little.
Sharing some of my meals with other inmates certainly helps me replenish my humanity.
That is something my current surroundings take away each and every day.