In exactly one month, we will begin an exciting year-long challenge known as Eat My Words.
The idea has been bouncing around in my head for a couple of years. Facebook was trumpeting National Doughnut Day, and one of my coworkers apparently heard the message; he treated the office to several boxes of the sugary treats. “I wish every day was National Doughnut Day!” I thought between chewy bites of a maple bar. Once I came down from my sugar high, however, I realized that doughnuts would quickly lose their appeal if we celebrated them all year long instead of setting aside one special day to love, cherish, and honor them.
I started to wonder if there were other food days celebrated during the year. A quick Google search confirmed that not only was each day of the year dedicated to a specific food, but there were food weeks and food months, too. It turned out there was a veritable smorgasbord of food holidays worth celebrating. But how to pay homage was the question.
The answer, it turned out, was obvious. Eat that food on its given holiday.
But that seemed like a Herculean task, one that would require a lot of planning and extra expense. Most importantly, you’d have to have support, and I was single at the time. Doing it on my own seemed too overwhelming, so I shelved the idea for a couple of years.
And then I met my girlfriend, who was intrigued by the idea and enjoys food (and adventure) just as much as I do. Suddenly, it was Game On. 2013 is going to be our year!
Will it be easy? Not a chance…but that’s kind of the point. (I’d be lying if I said Julie & Julia wasn’t also an inspiration – not the book and/or movie per se, but the idea of attracting an audience for this endeavor while it’s taking place. I’m a writer, after all. If this is successful, I’ll have a year’s worth of material to turn into a book).
So, here’s hoping we can get it done! We’ve come up with a specific set of rules to guide us along our way.
Season’s eatings, everyone!