Monday, November 30, 2009

What We Did On Our Thanksgiving Vacation, Part 2

Or "Friends and Mushrooms"

We were so lucky to spend our Thanksgiving with dear friends back in Virginia. It was a week of remembered connections, renewed friendships, rounding up the posse and playing, eating, cooking, eating some more, and talking, talking, talking...I sadly do not have good photos of everyone, but you know who you are and have the some of the same images swirling in your brains as we do...

We learned a new grace for our shared Thanksgiving meal; it was led by a five-year-old, line by line, and I will always hear it in her voice, rendering it more moving even than it is as written:

Empty Bowl Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
My bowl,
Empty now,
Will soon be filled
with precious food.
Beings all over the world
are struggling to live.
How fortunate we are
to have enough to eat.

I am thankful for friends to visit with, who care to dig deeper into life with us, listening and sharing and grappling and laughing, around a table, a fire, along a path. It was a wonderful way to celebrate this season of thanksgiving.


Kerry said...

Welcome back to blog-land, and thank you for that really wonderful little prayer. I'm glad you made the trip; now rest up.

Annie said...

Mushroom craziness. I at least recognised one... the third one down is Bear's Head.