in recent days
i have seen and read about
many gestures of hospitality
one reaching out to another
with each act
i find a renewed sense of hope.
“hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest. the concept of hospitality arose in ancient times when the reciprocity was easier to see: in nomadic cultures, the food and shelter one gave to a stranger yesterday is the food and shelter one hopes to receive from a stranger tomorrow. by offering hospitality, one participates in the endless reweaving of a social fabric on which all can depend – thus the gift of sustenance for the guest becomes a gift of hope for the host.”
-parker j. palmer
at the songbird cafe
extra pennies left
for those who might need them
along with a tiny paper crane
for those who might need this even more.
“a master of origami said he tried to express with paper the joy of life,
and the last thought before a man dies.”
-tor udall, a thousand paper birds
‘help yourself, but please leave bowl. enjoy!’
another friendly neighbor’s offering
left on the steps to their house
discovered while out walking.
‘the people who give you their food, give you their heart.’
bowls of raspberry and lemon soup for sale
giant wood utensils available by request
made with kinder’s care
“only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
-ludwig van beethoven
first day back at school relating.
as our temps take a dip into the zero-ish range,
it is good to remember the importance of connection,
the joy of giving to others, and the comfort of the sun.
“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake,
the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.
this crisp winter air is full of it.”
~john burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
painting by: francesca rizzato – ‘Winter’s Tale’
they told santa that they would
make sure to send some cookies along for mrs. claus,
because he usually gets to all of them
and she doesn’t get any treats.
the note is to make sure that he doesn’t forget to share.
– happy christmas to all –
“sharing the same meal reaffirms kinship.”
– deng ming-dao
photo credit: neel
“a recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”
image credit: easy.com
when the pre-k friends meet up with their second grade friends
there is much to celebrate and talk about.
“friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
-woodrow t. wilson