Friday, March 6, 2009
this is for my most recent illustration assignment, we had to "tell a story about our family" and of course, food is involved with mine! i was chatting with my mom (who i talk to every day!) and i was really stuck on what i was going to do for this assignment and we were just talking about things that are pretty distinct in our family and as soon as she said the word "paella" a lightbulb just went on in my brain (the right side, because that is the creative side of the brain, hahah)
our family loves to eat. on my mom's side we're very spanish... like 99% at least. and we spaniards love seafood and meat and yellow rice (and who can omit sangria) and paella just combines all our favorites into one amazing dish that takes all day and lots of family to make. paella never ceases to bring family and friends together in our closely-knit crowd, even if some people just stop by to eat. i remember every "paella day" we had. i especially loved the ones in my grandparents/aunt & uncle's backyard when i was younger, we did the macarena before it was completely played out by the radio stations, and i always tried shrimp even though i didn't like them (but i do now!).
even on my dad's side, i can't remember anyone who refused paella. it's always been a thing that has brought us together, and i love my entire family tree, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, mom, dad, my brother Mike, and even those who are just as close as family minus the blood-relation, and i treasure each and every one of these people in my life.
sorry for getting a little sappy, but i hope they all know how much i miss and love them!
ending with one of my favorite sayings,
... "Family First"