I LOVE to cook and when I ran across this poem that is a mash-up of food and friends, I just had to share this week when we’re giving thanks for all the good stuff in our life.  This is dedicated to all my friends who I’m lucky enough to have in my life (you know who you are!).

Let us give thanks:

For generous friends with hearts as big as hubbards (VG comment: what is a hubbard?) and smiles as bright as their blossoms;

For feisty friends as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us we had them;

For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn — and the others — as plain as potatoes, and so good for you.

For funny friends, who are as silly as brussels sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes, and serious friends as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;

For friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini, and who — like parsnips — can be counted on to see you through the long winter;

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time, and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;

For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils, and hold us despite our blights, wilts, and witherings;

And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past, that have been harvested — but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter;

For all these I give thanks.

Source: the late Rev. Max Coots, who was Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton, New York. His passion for gardening yielded this beloved and much used meditation.

Just a few pictures of my hubbards (whatever the heck those are!):

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October 2010 Mediterranean cruise from Nice, France to Rome, Italy (l-to-r): Julianne LaMarche, me, Louise Koehler

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August 2013 (l-to-r): Melissa Wilmoth, Pamela Luber and me by the canal in downtown Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2012: Gregg Jablonsky and me

 

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October 2008: Charleston, South Carolina: rehearsal dinner for my 2nd family – the Prechter/Willoz clan, originally from New Orleans

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September 2012 (l-to-r): Sandy Henige, Jackie Fox and me outside of Detroit, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 2013: Michael Faulkner in French Polynesia

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London 2012: Carrie Roberts acting up!

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September 2013: Beth Harrison and yours truly in Tampa/St. Pete, Florida

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Book Club!!!! Left to right: me, Seana, Kim, Brooke, Wendy and Kim (Terri is missing!)

 

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Indianapolis, IN: me, Loretta and Ron Riffel, mom, Gina Nardi and Bob Welch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary, Mary and Val

My roommates in NYC: Mary, Mary and me.