I wish we had a "like" button. I think I express love through my cooking. I'm not sure if my family sees it that way, sadly. My husband sometimes thinks I'm just doing it to get out of other household chores (which really pisses me off) and my kids are so damn picky that they often won't try the something new and occasionally end up with a yelling. I love to cook, I'm a good cook, and I like my family to eat good food.
Now I'm kind of annoyed at all of them. Thanks.
You know, I didn't think about this way until you said it. Now I'm a bit pissed as well. The Wife is usually complaining about how we don't eat very healthy, so I try to spend some time on a Sunday cooking (after taking all three kids to the grocery store) and sometimes I get the feeling that she thinks I'm doing it because I get alone time in the kitchen. I love to cook and I'm better at it then she is, but I also like to try and make things that she'll really like and that are healthy. But yeah, I don't think I get the thanks for it that I should. And I even clean up after myself.
Ah HA! I tell you, the whole "food as a source of love" business is just confusing and leads to resentment. Food is food - everyone needs it. Why do we need to constantly feel grateful to the provider of it? And then there's this thing about sometimes it being love and sometimes it being just work. How is the recipient supposed to know?
What other source of love requires a "thank you"? When I hug someone, it's because I want to, and it would be odd to hear a thank you in response.