Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Five Months, Seven Days and How to Reheat Pizza
It has been 5 months and 7 days since TBHITW died.
I said it.
What have I learned?
that one can be alone without being lonely.
that it is okay to cry.
that it is okay to laugh.
that asking for help does not make you weak.
that no matter how many times I ask God to bring him back, TBHITW is not coming back.
that asking why is futile.
that love doesn't die.
that I didn't die; just a part of me.
that tears are endless.
that sleeping and eating and exercise are important; more now than ever before.
that people care.
that people don't understand (mercifully).
that life is truly a circle.
that many, many people mourn.
that grieving has no time frame.
it is personal.
I've learned a lot the last 5 months and 7 days. Much more than I can write about here. Like I said, grief and mourning is a personal journey. It takes you places you never dreamed. Or want to dream about.
I've also learned the best way to reheat leftover pizza. Leftover pizza was never a problem when TBHITW was here.
So. Let's review:
Microwave (don't even think about it)
Frying Pan - read on.
Wipe a large, nonstick skillet with a paper towel saturated with a bit of olive oil*
Place over medium-low heat.
Add as many slices of cold, leftover pizza the pan can hold. Or as many as you can eat.
Place a lid over the pan and wait.... (theme song from Jeopardy playing in your head)
Check after 2 minutes. Recover if the cheese is not melted.
(theme song from Jeopardy repeat).
The cheese will be melted, the crust will be crisp and you'll swear the delivery man just handed you a piping hot fresh pie.
*Do not, I repeat, do not use spray oil (aka Pam) on a nonstick pan. This will ruin your teflon - it will become sticky and useless. I have forewarned you. Go forth and use a paper towel saturated with olive oil.
The Good Cook