Frequently I am asked if my table is always set even when it’s just the hubby and me who are eating at home. The answer is yes, it’s part of who I am.
By the time I was a young teenager it was my job to have dinner started so that it would be ready soon after my parents got home from work. While food was simmering, I set the table, and while there was not much to work with I wanted it to look nice. I had learned where silverware and glasses should go thanks to a lady who taught me much during those days. Paper napkins were all we had, but even those were folded neatly.
Fast forward to when the hubby and I were newly wed. We had little in the way of furniture and our dining table was a card table. In addition to our single set of dishes, I had some cloth napkins and it was fun to fold them in different ways. In addition to making the best of a pretty casual setting, it became important to me to prepare foods that would complement each other on the plate. I am a fool for color and texture!
I never thought of any of this as being creative, particularly since I didn’t view myself in that way. The lightbulb went off when I was working temporarily for an industrial psychologist. By leading me through a litany of questions that focused on my decisions having to do with how I lived, ate, dressed he helped me realize that much of who I am is creative. He will never know how grateful I am for that revelation.
Since then I have allowed myself to explore creativity, not to please anyone but to discover more about me. It’s been a wonderful process, and I urge you to do the same by not denying your creative self. We are all blessed with the ability to create, but sometimes it takes a long time to acknowledge the gift.
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