, both Ken & I gave in to Ellen’s second request that we join them all in feasting - happily so.
The meal would have also given me an excuse for my silence - shock, more than silence - keeping my mouth full (though politely) could have calmed me down, I thought. And it worked. It just worked. The meal was delicious, which I am sure helped me quite a bit. Dinner was a healthy Asian recipe cooked by Ellen in a wok, containing rice, chicken and vegetables. Lightly on the spicy side (ask Ken about it). Eating “family style” was a relaxing sign for us all.