“You can sit by me if you like,” Jarret said to me at lunch today
“Do you know why I asked you to sit by me?”, he asked.
“No, Why do you ask me to sit by you?” I replied.
“Because I like you! “he said with a shy smile.
Jarret is 4 years old.
He has been asking me to sit by him now for the past three weeks.
Our crew is building a shop at their farm.
The family has invited us in for lunch almost every day we’ve been on the job.
When I sit down at their 14 ft farm table I think,...this is what it must have felt like to be a part of a large threshing crew..
Grant Wood’s Dinner For Threshers
People with a real gift of hospitality are a dying breed.
Even here in Iowa.
It’s one thing to invite a few close friends over for lunch once in a while..
I scratch your back, you scratch mine..right?
Well, …it’s a completely different ball game to cook lunch for a construction crew of 4 , 5 days a week, for the better part of a month.
Today lasagna was on the menu
Yesterday I thought Jarret’s mom had asked if I wanted a piece of “cheese cake” for desert?
“Yummy I said..I love cheese cake…!
“No” she replied, I said “sheet cake”
Well, today, guess what we had for desert?
Cheese cake topped with a blueberry filling.
I had to pry the guys away from the table today….
They did not want to go back to work.
John said it was the best tasting lasagna he’d ever had.
While I’m thinking about it..here’s a recent crew photo
I work with a great bunch of guys.
The morale on this crew is second to none.
Nothing worse than working around someone with a bad attitude.
At this point in my life, when I’m looking to hire someone, the numero uno thing I am looking for is
I don’t care if you don’t know how to properly hold a hammer or read a tape measure.
I can teach you those things.
What I really detest is a whiner or someone with a dark cloud following them around.
I am really enjoying the guys that is helping me out this Winter.
As I write this, I feel like I’m starting to fade….4:30 AM comes pretty early
Jarret’s comments were still rolling around in my head when I got home from work, and I wanted to tell you about it…
Yea, I’m assuming I have a couple of regular readers
There is just something serendipitous about a 4 year old requesting that I be his lunch buddy 3 weeks in a row.
I am a rich man.
I will miss Jarret when the job is done…
Heck, I will miss the whole family…
Here is a picture of the shop we’ve been working on:
End view of shop
One last thing before I sign off…
Did you know what the word Hospitality literally means?
Hospitality: Lover of strangers
I believe it is more caught than taught…
Jarret is growing up in a home where it is being modeled in a powerful way….
If I were a betting man, someday when he has a home of his own, he will also know how it’s done….
Is there anyone in your life, with the gift of hospitality? Tell me about them.