American Flatbread + Flatbread Kitchen
Friday and Saturday, November 19th and 20th, 2004
Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to
FLATBREAD FALL RETREAT, 2004, PART II
Last week, while I was away looking at colleges with my daughter, Jen Moffroid wrote Part I of this dedication concerning our upcoming Sr. Staff Retreat promising that this dedication would “relay the results of this balanced recipe of magic and practicality baked for three days at room temperature.” (Nice use of metaphors, Jen.)
In good measure our discussions flowed from the practical to the ephemeral, from how and when to why and for what purpose. In this I suspect ours were nothing more nor nothing less than the conversations most people have among colleagues and friends. We sat as people trying to figure out how to best make our way in the world–how to remember the lessons of our past? How to imagine the kind of future we want for ourselves, our families, and our communities? We are imperfect in our remembering and imperfect in our envisioning. As much as we wish this wasn’t so, that we would never have to repeat a past mistake, and always know how things will turn out, perhaps the true richness in our humanity is our imperfections, for it is in these that we are given a chance to rise and be more than we could have known. What would I know of forgiveness if I was never trespassed? Would love loose its luster without hate? All forms cast shadows. It is what we think of them and do with them that counts.
I’m not sure if this is the report Jen had in mind. Oh well. Thanks for coming.