{soul food}

 Anyone who is married knows that a great deal of conversations with your spouse involve things like putting socks into the hamper, picking up that stray bit of dental floss that fell on the floor next to the trashcan rather than in the trashcan, the fact that dishes do not wash themselves, and that dinners do not magically appear when one wishes- to name a few of the common complaints I have heard over the years. What we don't always give credit for, however, are those unexpected and miraculous things that our spouses are sometimes capable of doing- like surprising one with a clean house, laundry washed and neatly piled, and clean bedding- put back on to boot. Such things have the virtue of making one feel delightfully at ease, reminding ever so gently that we are not alone, that there is a companion in the woods: the huntsmen who can save us from the wicked queen, slay the wolf, lead us to safety, or perhaps most importantly, who is just there to walk along side of us.

{Soul food} is my term for the things that keep me moving in life, that inspire me and refill the "spring of my soul," so to speak. Sometimes soul food is an image, sometimes it's in the form of a book, a single poem, or even a film. At other times, soul food is that cup of tea had at just the right moment, or that homemade bread you decided to make even though you'd rather lay like a puddle of goo on the floor. The point is, soul food is anything that lifts you up, that makes you feel inspired or whole, anything that makes you stop and breathe, anything that gives you the strength to keep marching on.

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