The healing power of a shared meal is strong and though my childhood was an often unpredictable and worrisome place with alcoholic parents, my grandmother taught me how important a shared dinner – with shared stories, lovely food and constant laughter – could be in the turbulent life of an #ACoA. So different from the awkward, angry and tense dinners I had with my parents at home.

I’ll be writing more very soon about my grandmother and her magical dinners. I’ll also be sharing more very soon about a few magical dinners Change of Air will be hosting.

For now, I encourage you to invite a few friends over, set a table, light some candles, serve simple food and enjoy the camaraderie and conversation. A community of family that you didn’t choose can be just as impactful on your life as the family we grew up with. Creating new memories and shared experiences with others creates new healthy, happy neural pathways for us. Plan a simple dinner this week and see what happens. Would love to hear all about it. ✨

📷: Stunning dinner table via @lucybeth.greene

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