I've written before about gifts of food and how powerful they are in conveying love.
I got to experience a dose of this the other day when I came in to my office to find this note on my desk:
And this beauty:
It was such an unexpected treat, and one that made me feel cared for in ways that went far beyond just the bread itself. It got me to thinking about how closely tied food and love are, what it means to feed another person, how we convey a deep sense of investment when we sustain others in that way--whether it's a volunteer shift at a soup kitchen or a mother breastfeeding her own child.
I, for one, would almost always prefer a gift of food to most others. It is edible, temporary, supportive.
So I took that beautiful loaf and turned it into a beautiful sandwich, savoring every bite:
Here are a few others' takes on gifts of food:
BBC: Love bites: Is food the risk-free gift?
29 Homemade Food Gifts from Martha Stewart
And a great big Pinterest board of food gifts
What's the best gift of food that you've ever gotten?!