November 2007: Giving Thanks

This month I thought I would focus on “giving thanks.” I would love to hear from other communities about how they give thanks before meals or on other occasions. So if you have a nice blessing that your community uses before a meal or some other way that your community expresses gratitude, write to me at sandy [at] heartwoodcohousing [dot] com.

At Heartwood, we all gather around the food, hold hands, acknowledge the cooks, and introduce the guests. One of the cooks leads us in a blessing or a moment of silence.

Here are a few favorites:

The silver rain.
The golden sun.
The fields where scarlet poppies run.
And all the ripples of the wheat
are in the food that we do eat.

So when we sit for every meal
and we say grace we always feel
that we are eating rain and sun
and fields where scarlet poppies run.

This one is Ben and Charlie's favorites (two of the community’s little blond balls of energy, ages 8 and 10):

Thank you for this food, this food, this glorious, glorious food.
And the animals, and the vegetables and the minerals that make it possible.

(It loses something without the tune but if you give me a call, I'll sing it to you.)

One more:

Thank you for this food before us.
Thank you for the friends beside us.
Thank you for the love between us.
Thank you.

I hope you all have a Thanksgiving full of good food, fun and friendship.