Magical Black Elixir

Yes, friends, I am having my coffee. It’s quite good, and I am thankful for it. Really, I’m thankful for all of agriculture, because plants and coffee beans and little bumblebees are what makes this planet so fine. Responsible agriculture is the key word though. It’s so amazing that we have been placed on a planet with sun and rain and plants.

My Grandaddy was a farmer in Alabama for a long time, although now he’s in Heaven. He had the best pecan orchard, that I still love to this day, even though it is no longer in the family. Now Grandaddy was born in America, but his parents were immigrants, and lived up in Chicago. Grandaddy heeded an advertisement for land in Alabama, and bought in and did fairly well, honestly. His farm was a lovely place. His wife, my Grandma, came through Ellis Island, and she was not expecting the heat of south Alabama. She kept hoping he at least might take her back to Chicago, but it never happened. She made the best pecan kipfels and strudel, and I do not have words to express how delicious the fresh pecans made these desserts taste. This is what I think of when I think of America, as a place to make a new home. I’m glad my grandparents did, and I hope that we will continue to be a country of immigrants from all over the world, cooking their various specialties.

It’s true that a dining table is what brings us all together, and I hope that we continue to set fine tables for our friends, old and new. It’s no coincidence that our Lord made a beautiful supper for those of us who love our neighbors as ourselves. This could be all of us, and I hope at least the message of sharing will bring us together. It works in Kindergarten, so I feel as if all those excessively rich folks might join in as well with a little even distribution.

As we figure out America out of this quagmire we are currently living in, then “Let us break bread together on our knees.” Let us remember that there are those taking a knee for a reason, and heed the meaning of their gestures. I believe that we are all tired of feeing as if we’re not all in this together, because, undoubtedly, we are. I’m thankful to be here with my imported, organic coffee that works as well as an antidepressant, and enhances the quality of my life. I pray that we all might seek to observe and enhance the quality of life for all of our esteemed neighbors.

#living together #taking a knee #drinking coffee #loving our neighbors as ourselves #sharing a table

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