But I say grace before the concert and the opera,
and grace before the play and pantomime,
and grace before I open a book,
and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing
and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” —G.K. Chesterton, poem entitled “A Grace” (via gkchestertonquote)
My hubby and I enjoyed our thanksgiving dinner at Brasserie on 53rd St. in Manhattan. It was classy, and expensive. Finding a good thanksgiving dinner in New York can be difficult being that most places are closed, and those who are open feel they are entitled to charge whatever they want. But it was delicious.
It was a bit awkward eating in a place so classy. We made sure to dress appropriately. The first inside laugh came when I requested water and I was given the choice of still, sparkling, or tap. I chose still. I hoped I had made the right choice. It was normal water after all.
Also, we had two other people on either side of us that we were able to observe. Okay, correction, I observed them. Steven kept getting on to me for looking at them. I was careful. Anyway, their topics of conversation were quite interesting. It was a reminder for how many people in the world actually live.
Our first course was acorn squash soup with a gingerbread spices crème fraîche.
Our main course was roasted turkey served with sweet potato, classic stuffing, giblet gravy, and cranberry relish.
Our dessert was an apple tart with cranberry, apple crisp, and spiced ice cream.
Its almost shameful how much we paid for our meal. Especially when upon leaving we had no choice but to walk right next to a homeless man who was under a blanket attempting to stay warm. It’s humbling, to say the least.
So we had an extravagant meal for the first time in our lives. But I’m thankful for a husband who together, we don’t want extravagant lives. Under normal circumstances, we would have never paid so much for a meal. Rather, our hearts are with the people sleeping on cardboard tonight.
May we never again allow ourselves to be spent with such extravagance. I want to spend myself on people.