Forced Fellowship: Eating at the Commons

Food is a necessity, but it’s also a joy -- it’s an enjoyable essential. Food is universal, creating unity around this common need. We have to eat, and Dordt has structured a community wherein we have to eat together.

Spring break in its entirety was wonderful (especially because I was able to enjoy my family’s homemade pizza with the people who make it homemade!), but while I was away, I truly missed eating in the commons. I missed talking through the day’s adventures with those I had lived them with. I missed meeting someone new and hearing their story as we engaged in mealitme rituals. I missed the there-is-always-room-for-one-more-college-student-at-this-single-small-round-table mentality (we once squeezed thirteen of us around a six person table). I missed the forced fellowship, the intimacy that comes with eating together.

 Here I am with some of my favorite friends, eating lunch together after Sunday morning church.

Here I am with some of my favorite friends, eating lunch together after Sunday morning church.

So, for the final six weeks leading up to summer break, I’m enjoying the lengthy journey between Covey and the commons. I’m enjoying wing events centered around food – such as the pancake breakfast we had this morning. And in addition to enjoying this essential, I’m enjoying the community formed as a sideproduct of these shared experiences.

 -- Annie