My heart for hospitality came from my mom...
I was asked how I feel most loved, it’s when I’m loving on people...and that’s usually through food. I was listening to a podcast interview with Melissa D’Arabian yesterday and so many of her sentiments resonated in my spirit. One of many, was how she learned hospitality from her mom. I did too.
My mom’s philosophy, as long as I can remember, was that NO ONE would go without or go hungry. And hear me, I can’t remember one single elaborate dinner party she ever hosted. Yet she always had (and still has) a knack for seeing the needs of others and generously meeting them. Whether it was through putting together the biggest picnic spread you’ve ever seen or making enough spaghetti to feed an army, she had a way of ensuring there was always ‘extra’ for any unanticipated guests. And looking back, it seems like those times when she was ‘feeding’ others, she was fed the most. Me too mom; me too.
May we genuinely share whatever knack or gift we have. As Shauna Niequist put it, “What God gave you is not for you; it’s for the world.” Thank you mom and countless others who daily share your gifts. I’m grateful. Much love, Amanda