I'm struggling this evening. It's not that I haven't got lots and lots of things for which to be thankful it's just a question of trying to get my brain to organise itself.
I've just been reading Fiona's blog post on fine dining in Christchurch. It made me think about food and the ability to enjoy it. I really enjoy my food. However Fiona's post made me re-visit the senses through which I achieve that enjoyment. Many years ago I lost my sense of taste after a bout of 'flu. The ability to taste returned in part and then in 1999 I had another bout of 'flu and lost it again. Again it returned in part but there are now many things which I can neither smell nor taste. The strange thing is that it doesn't stop me enjoying my food and I wondered why.
I enjoy my food very well flavoured with spices and herbs and I enjoy savoury things (like Marmite!) which are more in my taste spectrum. I cannot, for example, differentiate the taste of a raspberry from a blackberry. I can taste wine (which is probably one reason I enjoy it!) and certain things like Heinz salad cream (but not mayonaise). However you'll be glad to know that I'm not about to give you a comprehensive list. For the most part, though, I rely on appearance and texture to supply my enjoyment of food. That's how I differentiate the raspberry from the blackberry.
So today I am thankful, not for the first time on a TT post, for the fact that I have food on my table. In addition I am thankful for the fact that I can enjoy that food.