My last blog post introduced Bob Buford’s book, Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance.1 Buford begins his book by describing his successful career. Then, after experiencing the unexpected death of a family member, Buford describes his time of personal discovery during which he asks himself, “Is this as good as it gets?” Buford labeled that slice of time halftime because he equated it to a football coach adjusting his game plan between the first and second halves of a football game, thereby enabling the team to play their best game.
One of my pleasures of summer has always been leisurely reading books. As a child I would pull a book from our shelf and retreat from my family to my favorite chair in the living room or my bedroom upstairs. There I enjoyed the luxury of reading for hours on end. So this summer I pledged to myself that I would read more books simply for the joy of it, departing from my reading basket full of nonfiction.
My favorite book so far is Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me: What My Favorite Book Taught Me about Grace, Belonging, and the Orphan in Us All. Isn’t that a mouthful to consider?
I would fill two mugs with French roast and offer you my favorite Girl Scouts Caramel and Coconut creamer. However, if I baked white chocolate scones, you would be wise to drink your coffee black so you could savor the buttery treat to its fullest.
After discussing highlights of the past week or an upcoming event — and our kids, because we always talk about our kids — you would tell me about the book you’re reading.
I’m thankful I finally learned how to make a beautiful, delicious pie. On a cold day in January the oven warms our home and the fragrance fills the house with a promise of good things to come.
“It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.” – Washington Irving, The Sketch Book
My mom has the spiritual gift of hospitality: the God-given ability to provide food, shelter and fellowship graciously so that people are put at ease and feel cared for, welcomed and comfortable even if the setting or situation is unfamiliar. As noted by Irving, she bestowed the choicest gift to her family. Continue reading