For mothers of newborns, the dinner hour(s!) can be a demanding time. I know from my own experiences, trying to deal with a fussy baby while attemping to fix a meal at the same time was often a physical impossibility. By the time the second and third child came along, I was getting wiser. I would stock the freezer a few weeks before the birth with several easy meals for those nights when making dinner just wasn't happening. Was. Not. Happening! What I remember about those times with most joy though, was when a girlfriend came to visit, with an offering of a meal in her arms. Already cooked! Ready to go. Or freeze for later if we so wished! What bliss. That delicious meal lasted us for two nights and is still one of the few dinners I remember while the third one was still so little.
To help out a new mum in this way is a wonderful thing. If several people team up to help her, what was originally one stand-alone dinner for a tired mamma suddenly becomes a Meal Tree, lasting as long as there are happy participants. If there are many, they can each take one turn, just one - their gift to the new family, and with teamwork, this glorious gift can go on for several weeks, depending on how often the deliveries to the new mum are to be made (weekly, twice weekly..). What I wouldn't have given for such a gift in those early weeks! (a slight oxymoron?).
I am delighted to be part of such a meal tree and hope my gift is well received.
What fun it is to give a gift that I know from my own experience was appreciated and remembered fondly.....