Have you ever considered what you might want to eat in your last days of life? I have always said, chocolate, champagne, and fresh bread with good butter!
I have to tell you, you may think this is how it goes but what I discovered was this. A taste of real comfort food brought so much joy.
I went out to a German Deli in Port Charlotte, Kallis German Butcher Shop, and bought fresh Klosterbrot, a fine German Leberwurst, and a pretzel. I also bought some Leberkäse (a wonderful fine German meatloaf) and Lebkuchen (German Christmas cookies).
I made her a bite of Klosterbrot with a teaspoon of liverwurst on it. A few hours later her sister made Schnitzel and Candy really enjoyed a bit of that. In the morning I made Leberkäse with an egg. She told me over and over how good that was. And she ate a small bite of the pretzel and half of a cookie.
She said how my seafood lasagna was the best thing ever. So Mary and I fixed it up for dinner and she had a few bites, with a smile on her face.
After that, she wanted nothing. She’d had her comfort food and enjoyed it, but that was all.
Mary and I would have cooked anything she wanted, but she just smiled and said, no.
As I sat with her I wondered what I would want if I could only taste a few things. The fresh German bread is definitely on my list. A good Schnitzel for sure. A little piece of eggplant, and a little sip of eggnog with one bite of stollen. It’s a funny list, isn’t it? But those are the things that bring me real joy when I eat them.
I admit that at times I did cry. I did get caught up in the sadness. And then I would see Candy smile. She managed to find even just a little bit of happiness in each day.
It showed me that even in such sadness, there can still be an amazing joy. One only has to look to find it.
3 thoughts on “Just A Bite”
Fresh soft white bread with a nice crust and proper salty butter would be high on my list. Australians would generally have no idea liverwurst is, including me. Is it like pate?
Gosh, I would really have to give this some thought. It would definitely be comfort food. It was such a blessing for you to be there with your dear friend and I know you brought her great comfort (more comfort than any food could). Hugs!
sourdough! Strong, toasted with butter or untoasted with PB
vanilla bean ice cream with coffee syrup, chocolate syrup, and coconut