Recently a group of ladies met at a restaurant to celebrate a neighbor’s birthday. It was a bit of a struggle for me to go. I am shy and although I may appear to be outgoing, I have to work at it. But this party was for someone who has been very nice and helpful as we have been getting settled.
But what if there was nothing I could eat? I was full of excuses for why I shouldn’t/couldn’t go. So what did I do? I looked up the menu for the restaurant online and scouted out what I could probably eat. I also ate a little before going just in case and I went to the party.
When I got there I discovered a gluten free menu and gluten free bread. So I enjoyed a sandwich, something I am rarely able to eat. Sure I wanted a piece of birthday cake but instead of feeling left out I focused on the look of sheer joy on the honorees face as she enjoyed here sugar free birthday cake — a cake she could eat.
The party was lovely. The honoree was very surprised and there was good conversation with good people. I’m glad I went.
Remember it isn’t always about the food. If we stay away from social gatherings because of what we might not be able to eat, we are missing out on the sharing between friends and family that is the sweet stuff of life.