I find the recipe in a cookbook as I aspire to make healthy food for myself at home.
I drive to the supermarket to buy zucchini and baby tomatoes.
I wash and dry the veggies.
I slice the zucchini with great care.
I soak the bamboo skewers for half an hour so they don’t burn in the oven.
I thread five skewers with alternating pieces of zucchini and tiny tomatoes.
I stare lovingly at the pretty thing I made.
I feel a deep sadness.
I am alone in my kitchen. No one else is around or coming over soon to witness my creation. What can I do?
I take out my phone and snap a picture in the terrible lighting on my counter.
I post the picture of the zucchini and tomato skewers on Instagram.
I wait. 2 likes, 3, 4. OK good. Now my beautiful skewers officially exist.
I put them in the oven.