I confess. I’m that annoying person that likes to take pictures of my food at restaurants. I make people wait to eat because I need to get a good photo before the food is touched. I rearrange the food dishes on the table so they look Instagram worthy. I guess if you are one of my good friends, than this isn’t such a surprise for you.
A few of my amazing co-workers like to push me to try new challenges, like training for a half-marathon in Angkor Wat (please don’t make me sign up for a marathon) last year, and this year, something a bit more reasonable, but I was still so hesitant. There are a group of teachers at my school that organize this group of “sketchers”, and it’s a pretty creative idea. Everyone in the group gets a blank sketchbook. Each person in the group comes up with a theme for their sketchbook. They decorate the first page of their sketchbook following their theme. Then, they pass it to the next person on the list. After a month, they pass it to the next person. At the end of the year, you receive your sketchbook back, filled with different sketches from different people. They each create something based on your theme.
I was super hesitant to join, because I didn’t want to add one more responsibility to my plate. So, I told them I wasn’t going to. Then, the day before the deadline to sign up, Leigh came to me and asked me if I had signed up yet. She assured me that it was pretty low key, and that if you miss a month it would be ok. I needed to hear that. So of course in the end I decided to sign up.
After quite a few days of reflection, list writing, and going back and forth, I finally came up with my theme for the year. Earlier on, Leigh suggested I do something about food (she knows me so well). And, then it came to me. Life is delicious. I was also inspired by a hashtag that lady ironchef started, #LifeisdeliciousinSingapore. And, yes, it’s true. Food is abundant,glorious, and delicious here.
For me, this theme isn’t just about food, but it’s about the stories behind the food. It’s about the recipes that are passed on through the generations. It’s about the comfort and feeling of home food can bring. It’s about the people I shared those meals with. It’s about the stories, laughter, and tears, that were shared while eating. So I started to get crafty as the first deadline of passing on our notebook arrived. I ended up creating a collage using photos I took mostly on my iPhone and photos I posted on my Instagram. Here’s what happened over an early Sunday morning.
Now I need to start taking pictures of the theme I got for this month from another teacher’s sketchbook, “tangled”.