Mother's day at Elaine's - Part 2
Bowel Society members write about what impressed them most at the potluck at Elaine's house:
Stunning, tasteful, gorgeous. Secondly, the wonderful,
colourful array of food on that beautiful, large table.
And the 'gentility' of attendees. A lovely afternoon. Oh,
and that terrific, huge card for Elaine -- with so much
thought behind it from Pam.
Thank you, Pam. Thank you, Elaine.
Jane and Irene
What impressed me
the most was the gourmet quality of the food and that I
could eat everything that was being served (and, of
course, the good company and the view from Elaine's
I was impressed by
how when given basic ingredients with restrictions that
baffle others, SCDers can create feasts of foods which
are new, inventive and delicious beyond words. What a
creative bunch! But what impressed me most was Elaine.
Based on my all too brief encounter with Elaine these are
just a few of the adjectives I feel best describe her:
Hospitable, warn, gentle, loving, sensitive, dynamic,
strong, energetic and brilliant. She is a story-teller
and a great listener. She is all everyone promised and
We met fabulous
people who brought fabulous foods to the home of our
fabulous 'SCD Mom'. Another wonderful get
Lynn and Karin
Meeting 'the' Judy, Elaine's daughter. I cornered her
and asked her incessant personal questions about her
childhood with UC and her experiences with SCD as a child
and adult. She so patiently answered every one. Through
her, I could picture Julian 20 years from now -
completely well, and WITH his colon.
-Suzan and Frank, parents of Julian
Dan and Josh
At the potluck at
Elaine's what impressed me most was: the
atmosphere of warmth and comfort in Elaine's home.
That atmosphere, combined with the pleasure of spending
time with some of the finest people I know, left me
feeling that all was right with the world.
What impressed me
was how SCD potlucks are not like other buffets, where
people load up their plates and sit down to a huge meal
at the appointed hour. At UCLBS potlucks, we nosh
constantly, eating whatever and whenever we want. It's a
endless tableau of fabulous food for gourmet grazing.
What a treat!
Tanya, Elaine, Janice and Josh
We were asked to
share, in a couple sentences, what we were most impressed
with at the Potluck at Elaine's. But every time I
try to write them, what I feel, overwhelmingly, is
gratitude and honour. I have such gratitude that we were
able to gather, bringing with us our respective
illnesses, sorrows, fears, pain, and uncertainty;
and transform them into something joyous and positive,
supportive and comforting. I am grateful that we have
found SCD and that it is not only healing us, but has
brought together such a special group of people. And I am
honoured to be part of that group - people who can still
share of themselves, despite their own illnesses -
such extraordinary people that the whole can't help
but be greater than the sum of it's parts. I have so
much to be grateful for.
Tanya, Elaine, Janice and Josh Back Row: Frank, Jodi, Lynn, Sue, t, Jenny, Pam, Karin, Irene.
Middle Row: Suzan, Julian, Josh, Janice, Jane, Elaine, Julie, Meg.