Noblesville City Suppers
by Luis Ruvalcaba
This year’s City Supper was bigger and better than last years. While the meal remained largely unchanged (chili and mac and cheese) the group expanded to include friends from neighboring towns in addition to new friends from our neighborhood that we hadn’t known before. This year also included two new babies among the throng of screaming kids. Everyone was talking, everyone was eating and it didn’t seem that anyone was shy when getting to know a person they hadn’t met before. The Colts beat the Broncos in the background while everyone caught up on the events of the fall.
With each supper we have in our neighborhood it seems like our group of friends gets larger and larger. And unlike situations where you just get so many friends you lose touch, our neighborhood has become tightly knit by these kinds of things. The best example of this came in the preparation of the meal. Everyone was encouraged to bring a dish and it seemed we all started our dishes without really closely checking out pantries. My wife ran out of ground ginger and sent our daughter trick or treating for it. After a mix up of names (“Go get it from Mrs. Courtney! No not Mrs. Courtney five houses down, Mrs. Courtney next door!”) we had what we needed for the cheesecake. But not 10 minutes after it was in the oven my wife’s phone beeped with a text from another neighbor who had run out of eggs. And so her son came to our door to pick up those up from us. The ladle that we borrowed LAST city supper was finally returned to its owner and then another one was promptly borrowed from ANOTHER neighbor!! It was really a case of getting by with a little help from our friends. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to get by.