Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Livin' Large!...

The Partner and I look forward,..every Wednesday, our free lunch!

A couple of our tenants are involved with the 'Feed the People' program at a local church,and they encouraged us to stop by about 5 months ago.
..We haven't skipped a Wednesday since!

The program is designed to insure that the low income,and homeless on the 'Southside' of town (every town has a Southside) receive at least one nourishing meal a week.
All that is required is to walk in,take a seat,..and one of several cheerful souls will bring you the meal du jour,along with an ice cold glass of kool-aid,and some sort of pastry for dessert...Today it was peach pie!

No one is turned away,and no one goes away hungry because seconds are eagerly offered,and 'Would you like to take something home with you?' is always their final inquiry as you prepare to leave.

The meal itself is,quite naturally,a simple one.
Chicken and rice with gravy and a dinner roll...Beef or pork enchiladas with refried beans,a salad,and home made salsa...Like that.
Still,we've never had the same meal twice!
At least,not thus far.
PLUS!..As an added bonus,..there's entertainment!

Who doesn't like to hear a haunting version of 'Greensleeves',performed faithfully on the harp while enjoying a hearty beef stew?

That's the good life right there!

No,The Partner and I aren't indigent by any means.
One hand washes the other,as best it can.
So,it's understood that we'll each make a donation to the pickle jar that sits inconspicuously on the kitchen counter every time,and as long as we're in the neighborhood,we may as well load a small cache of donated items in the truck,and deliver them to the thrift store they operate across town,if needs be.
Hey,..It's on our way.


At 7:04 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

That's just awesome, dude. :) You give a little, you get a little...ah, the good life... :)

At 8:39 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Miss HP- Works every time!..You know,one time there was this guy who died.
When he got to the Pearly Gates,St.Peter told him that he definiteley made it to Heaven,but that he would have to spend a little time in Hell 'To see how the other half lives'..
After a time,he found himself once again at the Pearly Gates.
'So, was it?',St.Peter inquired.

'It was terrible!',the man replied.
Every one in Hell is forced to eat with six-foot long chopsticks,and no matter how hard they try,they will never be able to feed themselves for eternity!'

'Oh,we do the same thing in Heaven',came Pete's reply...We just use the chopsticks to feed each other..

That's a true story. ;)

At 10:06 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

what a great treat all the way make me proud my friend.

At 2:23 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Enjoy (as you do) I have this feeling about life that where I am now is temporary and at any time I could be homeless / hungry / cashless / I have enjoyed all these states in my youth - and no doubt the way life has hit me many times will do so again - and I remember so many times when our family (mum and dad) had no money at all not even a penny ...we were never hungry...I taught the girls to Op shop before buying new - to be prepared for bad situations and they are - no humble pies needed - just life. I am pleased about the harp what about your guitar as well HM!You play so well... your dinner sounds a lot better than the dinner I just had - but then I have gotten a bit lazy cooking of late

At 5:53 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

What a great way to spend a meal. With caring people just doing what they do, for others. I can't hear Greensleeves without thinking of my grandfather. It was his favorite song.

At 6:28 AM , Blogger Mom said...

I love hearing about people helping each other.
My McAffe site tester popped a window open just as I opened your blog and said that they had tested your site and had found it safe.

At 6:54 AM , Blogger Bad Alice said...

That's wonderful! I would love to hear Greensleeves on a harp and eat beef stew.

At 8:14 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

it sounds better than the stimulus package, a lot cheaper too.

i've got several versions of greensleeves and they're all excellent.

At 9:44 AM , Blogger sageweb said...

Very nice...I want food.

My sister is a that what they are called? anyways it is nice sounding..different.

At 12:40 PM , Blogger jan said...

This is a great system of people helping people. It should be part of every community.

At 3:51 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

nice story, sling. You are man among mice...or something like that. i love harp music...always wanted to play one.

At 7:00 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Sling, I have heard that story before--and I like it!--thanks for the reminder. *smiles*

At 7:39 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

I wonder, if they/we/SOMEone took a look at every successful economy on the local level ... I think we'd find the same kind of exchange. We trade, we share, we contribute what we can and we do it with style. I love that more than anything, being with people who start projects and programs with the truest respect for everyone. (That icky noblesse oblige might get food and goods into people's hands, but it's a LOT more expensive than it looks.)

At 12:09 PM , Blogger laurent said...

Beautiful. Little things in life often gives us a better appreciation for what we have.

At 6:33 PM , Blogger Doralong said...

Dear heart I somehow expect you do a good bit in the give a little department.

At 11:31 AM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

Nice. Good food, good music, good company - what's not to like?

At 12:11 PM , Blogger just me said...

A local church around here does about the same thing. They also offer food boxes during the week and on Sundays. No questions asked about income. It operates under the Christian Outreach program. It does make your heart feel warm.

At 2:49 PM , Blogger Willym said...

A lovely and loving luncheon date. It is sad had that these place have to exist but thank god there are good people who take this sort of thing on.


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