Open in case of emergency

I’ve read about southern towns from authors like (my favorite) Joshilyn Jackson where ladies in the community keep a covered dish in the freezer to give away when someone moves or has a baby.

I haven’t lived in a place like that, but I’ve usually had the wisdom to keep an emergency meal on hand, especially when the kids were at home. I also tried to be ready for a “house meal.” They didn’t love casserole, but it’s a icon of comfort food for me. My mom usually cooked healthy, so tuna casserole was the most decadent thing I remember. 

When our dog had to be put down last summer, I scrapped dinner plans and went to the store to make one. This isn’t a cooking blog so I won’t bore you with the recipe, but that night I made enough for two, and stuck one in the freezer.

I decided I didn’t want to be caught off guard again…in case I needed to drown my sorrow in cheesy noodles. For the last nine months I tried to always keep one on hand.

And then I realized one day, that I have never kept a bottle of champagne in my cupboard.

I was living with the expectation of sorrow and scarcity–instead of hopefulness and joy.

You can see my new bottle waiting for me while my kombucha ferments behind it.

I want the reminder to live in anticipation, but I will use it and replace it rather than let it become a dusty decoration.

Are you more likely to keep a proverbial tuna casserole or bottle of champagne on hand?

7 thoughts on “Open in case of emergency

  1. Eunoia says:

    I love the concept.

    I guess I do keep a box of Cheese Itz on hand in case of emergencies…but they’re for either type of emergency.

    What does that mean? I’m equally prepared for both hardships and celebrations? Or I just really like Cheese Itz…

  2. Angela says:

    I suppose we prepare for what we expect. I would like to think I expected many reasons to celebrate. So…to Costco I go to pick up a case of something fun! Thanks for the reminder! Now I need some parameters of what constitutes a reason to celebrate!!

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