I have a tradition. Every time I cook a meal, I take a picture of it and send it to my Mom. It started my senior year of college, when I was first gaining an interest in cooking. I was so excited and so proud of myself for making a delicious family recipe, Sunday Rice, I just had to show my mom [who was two hours away] not only that I cooked it, but that it was edible – and even tasty!
The tradition continues, and has expanded to include aunts and in-laws in the email picture of our home-cooked meal that evening. Allen sweetly allows me to bring my phone to the dinner table [because he knows how much this means to me], snap a few pictures and type a quick line about what we’re having before we enjoy [hopefully!] our meal together.
I feel closer to those family members who are far away, and I’ve found it a special way to make memories with those whom I would like to spend more time with. I love getting encouraging notes from my aunts in Mississippi and tips and funny stories from my childhood nanny in Tennessee. It seems less personal, in this technology age, but I can almost feel them standing with me in my kitchen – coaching me how to fix the burned chicken or thicken the gravy. And that means more to me than they know.
I really wanted to find a way to collage my pictures [all taken on my iPhone] without actually printing them out and pasting them together. That’s when I found this fun website – Shape Collage – that will take a seemingly unlimited number of photos and randomly collage them for you into different shapes and sizes. And voila, a sweet snapshot of the meals my husband and I have shared over the past year, and the long-distance family bonding that goes with them.