Playing with your Food


This past weekend, two friends came to visit me, K and K. They both have had rough months – family tragedies and romantic trouble, not to mention that they both have demanding jobs that keep them almost constantly working. They made time to come see me, which I was thrilled about, but I could tell that what we all wanted and needed was a little bit of going back in time, to when we all spent a summer living in a house in our college town, working jobs with far less responsibility than we have now, having dance parties most nights in our living room, and never quite knowing where we were going to end up as “adults.”

We didn’t end up cooking together – too much, I think, like regular life – but we did end up at a sushi restaurant, because K mentioned how ravenous for sushi she was. We sat in a booth on a rooftop patio, and ordered food with nice presentation made from high-quality ingredients (I think? I guess it just tasted fresh and good). K, however, cracked us all up by stealing a toothpick and everyone’s wasabi cubes and making a little creation out of it. I was a little embarassed, but in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t hurting anyone, and our server was already a bit amused with our silliness… Grown women shouldn’t act this way all the time, but… sometimes we need it.

It got me thinking about how much adults benefit from being around kids – we claim, usually, that we ‘play’ in order to benefit the child, but often adults get severely burnt out from lack of play. The night before sushi, we all wanted to go out dancing in the city near where I live, but when we all ended up in our pajamas, playing a crazy game of charades, I think we had a better time. K is a doctor, for goodness sake, and saves lives every day, but she can act goofy for pictures and play hang-man on the chalkboard when we’re waiting for dinner. I think it’s part of a balanced life, both playing in general and maybe also playing with our food.


15 comments on “Playing with your Food

  1. I love this post as much as I love acting like a kid. Everyone should try it! The photo poked a memory. When I was around eight or so, I had a friend sleep over. The next morning we made pancakes in the shape of gingerbread people. My Dad sat with us to eat and each time I “cut into” the gingerbread pancake, my dad said in a muffled high voice, “ow.” I told him to stop it but he continued several times. What Dad didn’t know was that he was teaching me empathy and compassion– even for food made out of pancake dough.

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    • That comment made me laugh – I can just see the Dad. The children would be saying ‘god Dad don’t be so embarrassing’… but it’s one of those moments you remember. I shall remember this story next time my children tell me off for embarrassing them!

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  2. Mala Burt says:

    I thought this was a lovely post. I’m 73 and pretty much over worrying about what other people are going to think of me so that wasabi warrior with sword in hand spoke to me..

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  3. Mala Burt says:

    Reblogged this on Does This Font Make Me Look Fat? and commented:
    We should all play with our food more. The wasabi warrior with his sword made me laugh and that’s something I could use more of the last few days.

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    Great wasabi ninja!

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  5. “Wednesday, play with your food!” My favourite wonderful quote – and I so agree. It is life affirming to be playful. I cherish a photo of my younger daughter, just off night shift and still in scrubs and stethoscope, absorbed in playing on a wobbly rope bridge with her two year old nephew.

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  6. This is a lovely post – I think a sense of humour and play keep us young 😊

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  7. Couldn’t agree more! I think we get so hung up on the responsibilities around us that we forget to actually live our lives. Have fun. Play with your food. Skip down the sidewalk. Maybe all those people watching will smile and skip with you.

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  8. myzania says:

    That’s why I’m glad my job is working with kids – even though they exhaust me sometimes, it’s still lovely to share their space for a while.

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    I think, as we age, we care less about acting the way people think we should act and realize that we need to play. Life is meant to be enjoyed and if that means jumping in a pile of leaves when you’re an old lady then leap!

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  10. Steph says:

    This story made me smile! I have the same relationship with my best friend / college roommate – the rare moments we see each other are filled with being goofy and laughing until tears are streaming down our faces. These are the little gems in life 🙂

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  11. We don’t stop playing because we grow old – we grow old because we stop playing.
    Play with that food as much as you like 😉

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  12. Totally agree that adults need to play – and in fact one of the joys of having children is being able to build train sets, watch children’s TV and films and get excited at seeing a red tractor all over again!

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  13. zyong92 says:

    Haha! Absolutely 100% cute 🙂

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