This summer has been a slow one for Team Pruden. We normally “eat, sleep, and run the road”. That’s what my mom said Paul and I used to do when we were teenagers – and it didn’t stop when we got married and had kids. I think back to when I had Moo at the end of May and we went to Myrtle Beach like 3 weeks later, with me holding a pillow to my stomach!!! I wasn’t even cleared by my doc to drive yet!! Anyway, back to this summer. We have not been able to run around like we normally do. And thank God, I have understanding kids. We explained the situation early on, so they knew what was going on and accepted it. One night, I was at the house alone and I was cooking dinner. The thought came in my mind to cook some biscuits from scratch. Now mind you, I haven’t made homemade biscuits since I lived at home with my parents. But I put my best foot forward – and everybody loved them. So, emboldened by their praise, I tried something a little different. On another occasion, I tried making an apple pastry of sorts, one I named “Apple Whatever”. Again, Team Pruden loved my creation. Since then, I have made my biscuits and “Apple whatever” a time or two more. Last night, I was at home alone again, making dinner. And I had the “hankering” to make some whatevers. And as I was going through the process – making the dough, making the apple concoction, patting dough, etc., it finally hit me: I was making comfort food. We may not be able to do a lot, but I can still give my family memorable experiences through food. And I could finally see and feel why my mom and nana, and countless others, have so much joy in cooking for their family. It doesn’t take a lot of money to cook, and it costs nothing to cook with love. And the feeling you get when your family enjoys your food is truly priceless. Earlier this summer, I wrote about learning about myself, who I am without all the accessories of my life, without all those things I had deemed important. I am continuing to learn that I am still me, but more aware of the simple things in life, that Team P is still Team P, and they love my comfort food…..
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Keischa Pruden hails from Eastern North Carolina and is a self-proclaimed country girl. She is a wife, mother of 2, licensed therapist, and published author. In her free time, Keischa enjoys listening to music of various genres, reading urban novels (her guilty pleasure), and writing for online publications such as The Mighty, which offers encouragement and a voice for those with special needs, and Notes and Narratives. View all posts by keischapruden