I’ve always liked Roger Ebert. I can’t tell you why, I just do.
I love movies and I liked how he reviewed movies. He and I agreed about movies…most of the time.
He’s been battling thyroid cancer for the past eight years.
Unable to speak, drink or eat due to complications from thyroid cancer, he cheerfully told Oprah Winfrey today that “my life is happy.” Countless surgeries left him without a jaw and the inability to close his mouth.
Chaz (Ebert’s wife of 18 years) speaking on behalf of Ebert, said that sometimes he asks her to eat the food he misses the most so that he can live vicariously through her. She also said that he misses the camaraderie of sharing a meal with someone as much as he misses the actual food and drink.
The camaraderie of sharing a meal…..that’s one of the blessings of eating together that I sometimes take for granted–and one of the reasons I push eating with people as a powerful way to build meaningful relationships.
To read more about Roger Ebert’s appearance on Oprah: Roger Ebert on Oprah