Monday, August 23, 2004

Hospitality redux

I continue to mull over hospitality. Two more elements have popped up from the deep waters.

The More With Less Cookbook, by Mennonite author Doris Janzen Longacre, is a wonderful resource for cooking from your food stock, eating simple yet delicious frugal foods, and welcoming others to share a meal together. Over the 15 years or so I've had this cookbook, I return to it again and again for the first two reasons, but the third is starting to resonate with me now.

Open Heart, Open Home: The hospitable way to make others feel welcome and wanted, by Karen Mains, has been on my bookshelves for many years. I think I read part of it in my mid-20s, but I have no impression of it now. Recently I've heard it mentioned again. Though I'm sure my copy is not the most recent version, I'm going to crack it open and see what she says about "a biblical and spiritual approach to using your home to care for others."


Beth said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. A Quaker friend of mine is the most hospitable person I've ever met. She talks about hospitality in ways I'd never thought of before. I would love to have a more open house, invite friends and neighbors over more but it seems that everyone is just SO busy.

I read once about a family that made large pots of soup on Sunday and people came and went and joined them for soup. It sounds lovely to me. I just think no one would show up to join us for soup :-)

Barbara said...

Thank you so much for your warm words, Beth! I've heard of weekly or monthly "everyone show up and eat" dinners, but my goals along that line are more like: invite the next-door neighbors -- whose kids and mine play together all the time -- over for a cookout. We've also progressed to inviting TWO families or couples over for a simple dinner, thinking about which two might be really fun or enjoyable for everyone.

Twice a year, now, we invite many, many people over for a holiday party. On those particular holidays/school breaks (January 5 and July 4) a lot of people are out of town, but those who can come have fun!