Today I am grateful for eating out.
I rarely go out to eat. It’s difficult for me to eat out and after so many nights of telling the waiters, managers, or chefs about my allergies and still ending up with cheese in my salad, I guess stopped trying. But I’m giving it a go again. I can’t be terribly spontaneous about it, but give me a day or even a few hours in advance, and I can make it work.
It’s easier now than it used to be. And as far as I can tell, there are two reasons for that. The first reason is that there is so much more awareness than there was 5 or even 3 years ago. People know what food allergies are now. They know that they are scary and that they are a significant health risk. The second reason is that I treat going out to eat differently than I used to. I don’t ever go to a restaurant without calling first and finding out if I can eat there. I used to just show up, hope for the best, and then often burst into hunger induced tears when they couldn’t feed me. But now, I treat my food allergies and myself with more respect. I understand and I accept that I can’t just wing it. That I must be at least a little prepared if I want to eat someone else’s food safely. I used to fight it. I didn’t want to have to do anything extra. I wanted to have the freedom to not think about it, just like everyone else. But that’s not who I am. I have special needs and I need special care. And going out to eat has become a lot easier since I accepted that.
This morning for the first time in maybe a year, I had brunch. A friend and I went to this really cute place called City Girl Cafe in Inman Square in Cambridge. I had called them up on Saturday to see if I could eat there safely, Lauren, who is one of the owners and also is the chef, was totally gracious on the phone and she really knew her stuff. I didn’t have a ton of options, but all I really wanted was a delicious omelet stuffed with vegetables and herbs that I didn’t have to cut up, cook, or clean up. Luckily, they could do deliver that one to me with ease.
Going out to eat is such a small thing, but finding a way to eat out and have it feel easy is momentous to me. My omelet and freshly squeezed orange juice were delicious and they tasted like freedom.
What’s your gratiTUDE, today?
What is a “GratiTUDE”?:
GratiTUDE is a general attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness.
What is “What’s Your GratiTUDE?”: Every day, for as long as I can keep it going, I’m going to tell you something I’m grateful for. I want to do this because I want to remind myself how fortunate I am in a more concrete way. They will be small things, big things, meaningful things, and seemingly inconsequential things. They may repeat on some days if I happen to feel grateful for the same thing more than once. I’m not planning it or mapping it out. I’m just feeling grateful, publicly. And I’d like you, if you’re feeling it, to do the same.
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