These last few days of summer have been filled with some of the best things in life, but some of the best fun has been playing and having adventures with cousins. As can happen when you mix children from a few families, you often have to remind the group, as Mama always told us when we were going to see our cousins at Granny’s house, “Don’t leave anyone out.”
This afternoon the crew were all over at Blackberry Flats. I had gone out to give another round of “encouragement” to all the young’uns about playing together well and fairly. And yeah, “Don’t leave anyone out.” Our Princess, the oldest in the crew, stood on Mama’s front porch and pitched in her two cents, “Yeah, we can’t do that. Because if Maemae were here she’d say, ‘Y’all don’t leave anybody out. I don’t lak (like) that.'” (Sometimes her accent is thicker than others.) She continued, “It’s like when you are having a party and a poor child comes to your door and you invite them in and have them sit by the fire and give them food and turn it into their party. That’s how we should do.”
Not that we’ve ever had that happen, but yeah, just like that. I stood amazed and somewhat slack-jawed.
Matthew 25:35, Princess version. Invite a stranger in and make the party all about them. I like it.
**Today’s Thirty Second Tuesday is brought to you by a challenge from my baby brother Bubba. He’s been in town, and we were talking this evening about writing. He teased me about what I write, saying, “I don’t know. After thirty seconds I’m just skimming. Thirty seconds is all I can give you.” Which was followed by a suggestion that maybe I could try to write something that could be read in 30 seconds or less. I don’t know about that, but Bubba, here’s my best shot. Hope it met the challenge. Love you bro.