Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms out there. This is a short blog, but I wanted to take this opportunity to chat about the powerful connections between moms and food. Full disclosure – I got a little teary-eyed writing this. But that Folgers commercial with the brother and sister always makes me cry, too.
Sometimes, food really is love, am I right? That’s why it’s romantic to cook on a date. Like Cher from Clueless says, “Whenever a boy comes, you should always have something baking.” I think part of the reason we associate food with love has to do with our moms. Marc David of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating suggests that this connection starts as early as breastfeeding. And even if you’re not breastfed, there’s a good chance your mom is the first one to feed you. So in the mind of a child, food and mom’s love are all rolled into one delicious ball of yumminess.
I also associate a lot of wonderful holiday meals with my mom and my grandmothers and I treasure their recipes. Thankfully, gender roles are a lot more forgiving these days! But growing up, it was the women of my family who delivered the goods at holidays and I really cherish those memories.
There’s something wonderfully unique about the way a mother nurtures her kids. And I think the way your mom nurtures you teaches you, in large part, how to nurture others. So when your mom feeds you, it takes on extra special significance. It’s a symbol of the first source of love in your life and it represents the most fundamental way of showing someone you love them. Pretty great, right? So to all the moms reading this – thank you and have a fantabulous day!