Can You Hug a Rock?
We've all heard of tree-hugging, but today I would rather be hugging a rock. A dear friend and member of the food blogging community is suffering through some difficult chemotherapy and her most caring of friends, Bron and Ilva have arranged for bloggers all over the world to send her some virtual hugs. Barbara, from Winos & Foodies is one of my most special rocks. Although we have never met, our relationship runs a little deeper than many virtual friendships. I have just spent some time reading through the 55 emails that Barbara and I have sent back and forth privately to each other over the years. There are things in there to make us laugh (like the time I accidentally got my "Barbara" email addresses confused and wished her luck with her pregnancy to which she responded: "My husband would be very shocked to think I might be pregnant!!"). And there are conversations we've had that are far more serious and private, reminding me that whilst some of us might sometimes 'appear' to share our whole lives online, in truth there are so many things going on behind the scenes that we prefer to keep only to ourselves and our closest confidantes. I am more than honoured that Barbara, despite her own challenges, has always found the time to reach out and be a huge support to me and a friend to my whole family, especially my sister Beccy and my mum Christine.
Today I would like to leave you with some wise words Barbara had for me about that cruel disease, cancer, that touches so many of our and or loved ones' lives:
"It's not a club any of us would choose to join. We are forced into it and we should make the most of it. For some of us that means changing our life style... or maybe just rethinking our outlook on what's important in life."
Big hugs from me are winging their way to Australia, for you, Barbara,
lots of love,
PS - Now I am off to the kitchen to make the recipe that was meant to be part of this post. I wasn't sure if I would be able to get it ready in time especially since Australia are so many hours ahead of us, so I elected to post the first part of the virtual hug now and follow up with the recipe later.
2005 | An Ode to Prawn Puri
2004 | Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Las Vegas
© 2008 Sam Breach Can You Hug a Rock?