I remember sitting at a dinner party hosted by a neighbor, one of whom is my walking buddy. The first course was a salad. As I was eating the salad, I noticed that it melted in my mouth it was so tender. So I asked the host and cook, Neil, where he got it. He said, “I grow it in my basement.” “In this house?” I asked.
He has a whole hydroponic system down there with lighting and watering systems. It’s a self-sustainable scientific wonder and produces the tastiest, tenderest heads of lettuce.
Now those who know me know my diet is very limited. Not by choice. As a brain tumor survivor who had radiation, that process damaged some nerves that affected digestion. Long story but I can eat lettuce!
Every week I get a text, “Do you need a refill of lettuce?” And usually, I answer yes. It is, after all, part of my lunch and sometimes dinner daily. So many varieties, shapes, and tastes. Last Saturday he put together lettuces that were supposed to help with grief and I nearly cried from the thoughtfulness.
I pulled each of the heads out today and looked at how pretty they were and I felt such a wave of gratefulness. If I were a painter I would have grabbed my paintbrushes. Instead, I took a photo of the one with the red-edged leaves.
And then I ate it.
This gift of weekly lettuce is one for which I am truly grateful on day #5 of the #thegratitudeproject.
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