|Re: Let Us Give Thanks By Max Coots - (Joani and Neil's reading)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ann Zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)|
|Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:13:52 -0800 (PST)|
Thank you Neil. Especially poignant this year as Joani is one of “… those friends now gone … but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter.” Miss you, Joani. Best -- Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC Falls Church, VA 202.546.4654 As long as you have two or fewer … your ducks are always in a row. The Covert Comic > On Nov 20, 2017, at 6:31 PM, Neil Planchon <neil [at] swansway.com> wrote: > > For many many years Joani and I read Let Us Give Thanks By Max Coots at > Swan's Market Cohousing thanksgiving gatherings. This year, instead of > Joani, her daughter Amika read it with me with the assistance of another > neighbor. And this year, with open and tender heart, as I’ve done before, I > am sharing the reading with you all! Here you are: > > Let Us Give Thanks By Max Coots > -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- > > Let us give thanks for a bounty of people: > > For children who are our second planting, and, though they grow like weeds > and the wind too soon blows them away, may they forgive us our cultivation > and fondly remember where their roots are. > > Let us give thanks: > > For generous friends…with hearts as big as hubbards and smiles as bright as > their blossoms; > > For feisty friends as tart as apples; > > For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us > we had them; > > For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible; > > For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a > row of corn — and the others — as plain as potatoes, and so good for you. > For funny friends, who are as silly as brussels sprouts and as amusing as > Jerusalem artichokes, and serious friends as complex as cauliflowers and as > intricate as onions; > > For friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle as summer squash, as > persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini, and who > — like parsnips — can be counted on to see you through the long winter; > > For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time, and young > friends coming on as fast as radishes; > > For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils, and hold us despite our > blights, wilts, and witherings; > > And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past, that have been > harvested — but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter; > > For all these we give thanks. > > Source: the late Rev. Max Coots, who was Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian > Universalist Church in Canton, New York. His passion for gardening yielded > this beloved and much used meditation. > > -=-=- > > > May you be well and may you have a marvelous Thanksgiving! > Neil (and Joani in spirit) > Swan's Market Cohousing, Oakland CA > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > >
Let Us Give Thanks By Max Coots - (Joani and Neil's reading) Neil Planchon, November 20 2017
- Re: Let Us Give Thanks By Max Coots - (Joani and Neil's reading) Ann Zabaldo, November 20 2017
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