Family Feast with Family and Friends (both Foreign and Domestic)

Friday Feast with Friends and Family

Last Fall, we started organizing a regular, recurring Friday Feast with Friends and Family (a.k.a. FFFF). It was a way for Marci, Elliot, Olivia, Cor, and me to stay connected as the kids grew increasingly independent with two-thirds of the next generation living outside of our house. We also enjoyed getting to know their friends and watching the ebb and flow of relationships over the course of the school year.

Friday Feast with Friends and Family

Last night, we resumed this tradition with a collection of family and friends. Some where old friends, some were new. Some were locals, or at least domestic (American) connections — but it was also super-fun to welcome a number of foreign friends to start this new season of Friday Feasts with Friends and Family.

Friday Feast with Friends and Family

We had guests from India, Jordan, and Brazil, in addition to guests from Illinois and Ohio. We ate Mexican-inspired cuisine, and we learned about each other’s lives. For instance, I learned that capybaras (the world’s largest rodent) are commonly found in the Brazilian city of Curatiba. Like, at least as common as squirrels in Kent. But maybe even more a part of the public consciousness because they don’t run away when humans approach. Anne and Rafaella said that it’s still not advisable for humans to pet the wild capybaras because they often carry ticks which carry Lyme disease. Still, that’s pretty amazing to hear about the capybaras, isn’t it?!?

Some of our Southern-Indian friends told us that they don’t often eat their dinner until 11PM or later, and they typically follow up the meal with a ten-minute walk before going to bed. Our Jordanian friend said that he sees a lot of similarities between the natural landscape of Jordan and the natural landscape of Utah (which seemed like a different planet when I visited). The world is a fascinating place, isn’t it?!?

Friday Feast with Friends and Family

I love the way that Kent State University attracts so many different people from so many different places. I love the way that our family learned to be culturally-curious during our years in Amsterdam. And I love the way that some food and an off-campus environment can create a spirit of friendship and and family, whether it’s on a Friday night or whenever.

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