The Lemon Tart
By SARAH TOOHEY
A FRIEND of mine died recently. He was 54, a married man with four lovely children. His wife and I have been friends for years. As two couples we were close. I am not going to write about the heartbreak of bereavement but rather the kindness of people. What struck me during those days of the funeral was the generosity of people. So much food was brought to their door: sandwiches, cakes, soup, and shepherd’s pie. And it all helped.
I am not attributing this kindness to the recession but I have noticed that people are doing more for each other these days rather than simply buying things for them. Another friend, whose daughter went away to college in September, made her a book with all her favourite recipes and presented it to her before she left. What a wonderful gift. All it took was time and love.
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