A simple mug of Hot cocoa provided me with a lesson about the power of human connection.
My husband and I love to welcome friends to our home during the holidays. I love cooking and seeing what friends brought to share. To me there is nothing like sharing a recipe to spark an amazing conversation about family history, travels or creativity. The idea that someone I know took the time to create and share something special with me always fills my heart with joy. For me, this is a very special act of friendship and generosity. Let me tell you, if you cook for me your ranking shoot up!
Gathering friends around the dining room table for a meal was one of the activities that I missed the most during the COVID19 Quarantine. So when 2022 rolled around and we were able to de-mask and show up in person, the first thing I did was to organize gather people for meals.
One of things I made sure that I prepared was homemade hot cocoa with milk and fresh whip creme. A gathered the ingredients, I realized that this delicious beverage represented the power of human connection in mug.
The Mug of Hot Cocoa represented :
Tradition – Friends, former athletes, student have been drinking this beverage for decades. Being invited to our home has become a rite of passage and the confirmation that our bond of friendship has strengthened.
Hospitality – Stirring the Hot Cocoa pot is an important and shared group responsibility.
Inclusion – I have watched guests of all ages and all backgrounds converse, bond and develop friendships over this simple ritual.