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An Ice Cream Social

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Hand Knit Christmas Stocking ProgessToday, a brief blog. Our church is having an ice cream social fund raiser tonight, so my work day will be cut short. My husband and I went over to the church last evening to set up the big outdoor party tent and tables to get a head start on preparing for tonight. "Ice Cream Social" ... how wholesome and divine the words. The community is small, so they won't raise much--maybe $300 at best. Quite a lot of work and preparation has gone into it and though it would be wonderful if more tickets could be sold, the work will be worthwhile even if only for the opportunity for fellowship. That is what I have learned from this humble, hard working community since arriving here last spring. The lady whose idea it was to put on this event is a gardener of flowers, vegetables, berries, and fruits. She and her husband are older and retired. They have a few married children and twenty or so grandchildren all living right around here. As a family they are known for their beautiful voices; many of the grandchildren sing in choirs. Early on in my "living in the country" career she took me to a high school performance in which one of her older granddaughters was singing and playing the paino. I was stunned ever so plesantly at the number of truly talented students performing that night. And, her granddaughter was by far the most talented. She graduated this year and earned a scholarship at a nearby university for the arts (about an hour away) for her talent and hard work. Dorothy is the older lady's name. She has prepared fruit and berry sauces for the ice cream tonight from fruits and berries she grew and harvested in her abundant garden. There will be hot fudge and carmel sauce, whipped cream topping, chopped nuts. I generally don't eat dairy, and especially have to avoid ice cream because I get food alergies, plus I try to stay away from sugar as much as I can for general health reasons. I have not had anything resembling a hot fudge sundae in at least ten years. Tonight, however, I will indulge and tomorrow I will give you a full report. We are also preparing and serving hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob, ice tea and lemonade. About sixty people will attend and it will be quaint and fulfilling. My husband is coming home early from work so we can head over to help out with the rest of the set-up and the food preparation. Of course, we will help serve as well. I am enjoying sharing this part of my husband's life with him. Most of the small congregation at this church are older people. Although my husband is in his early 50's and I am in my late 40's, we represent more of the "youth" of the church. My husband, I have learned, is relied on by the older people quite a lot. He is always ready to help, to work hard, to bear the brunt of the burden of responsibility for many events and tasks. And frankly, they need someone like him. I am grateful for the opportunity to be on hand to make his help go further. I have only made a bit of progress on the ribbed cuff of the Christmas stocking I am knitting for him as you can see in the photo. Today and tonight there will be no knitting, and I must end off for now as well. Have a good day my friend ... and stay dry if you can but do enjoy the rain if you have some today. ~firefly

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