Back to "real" life
Each person has their own ways of dealing with their problems. When I get sick, I want to be in a quiet, warm place until I feel better. When I start to feel better, I want company. Like our forefather Avraham, having company makes me feel whole. (this assumes that I am healthy enough for company. I may be righteous, but I'm not stupid ;-).
My wife is wonderful. She knew what would make me feel better, and she accepted requests from five guests to stay over for Shabbat. She also invited a local family for lunch! I was a little overwhelmed, but there really is no difference between 1 guest and 5.
Today (Friday) is the first day that I'm feeling almost normal. I still have a little tightness from the surgery and I'm definitely favoring my side. But, I was able to cook up a storm. As I looked on my handiwork this afternoon, I felt very good. We start with raw materials and make something appetizing and healthy! What could be a better parable for recovering from an illness.
I'm trying out some new ideas this shabbat. I was perusing Mark Bittman's "The Best recipes in the World", and decided to give some of them a try.
Dinner - 12
Caldo Cantina Soup - plain chicken stock with raw tomatoes, onion, cilantro, pepper and chicken.
Apricot Chicken - Sweet Sautéed Chicken
Pot Stickers - Asian ground chicken and cabbage wrapped in thin philo dough
Garlic Green Beans
Lunch - 19
Pot Pie - leftover turkey is wonderful!
Kol Dulce Con Karne - Beef and cabbage
BBQ Chicken Cutlets
Herb Stuffing - the secret is in the fat content (the more the merrier)