Collaboration

Yesterday the new appliances for the remodeled kitchen arrived:  Refrigerator/freezer,  dish washer, gas range, and micro wave. This morning the plumber and electrician are expected to come an do the installation.

Also expected are the Amish craftsmen responsible for the counter top. They had come several days ago to measure the space for the top and make a pattern to be followed with the precision required to construct it “right.” Today they will install it also.

Eldon and Rachel follow these installations with keen interest for they are watching the fruit of their compromises. They are both happy, and so are Khalid and I.  From the beginning of their marriage, Rachel and Eldon have collaborated as a team.  Meal planning, preparation and clean-up are joint enterprises.

Crystall welcomes Rhoda from Healthcare

CRYSTAL GENTLY WELCOMES RHODA

Crystal, our blue heeler, has the genes of an Australian cattle dog.  She can’t understand why so many strangers are allowed to be in the house and carry things in and out.  She is happiest when family members are all here and everything is undisturbed.

Eldon does the shopping.  At the beginning of the week a pad appears on the table.  The shopping list is open to the family, and each family member may add to it. With a handful of coupons Eldon goes to Krogers.  The preferred time is Tuesday night when he gets a senior discount and can move efficiently through un-crowded aisles.

During this process of remodeling, Kenson and Hannah visited us from Haiti for several hours.  Hannah has completed her Fulbright Scholarship assignment and is ready to learn her next assignment.  Kenson is employed by a construction company to negotiate between USAID engineers from the states and local needs and workers.  They struggle with corruption in governments, but excel as team builders.

Tonight, “Joy” and I had an interesting experience.  We went to the local (if you click on the link be sure to turn on you speakers)  South Side Soda Shop for our evening dining.  We split meals: one crab cake each and half of a salad, and a divided piece of pecan pie with a bit of ice cream on mine.  The place was crowded.

We had a pleasant time together and were about to leave when the waitress told us that our meal was paid for because some one thought we were cute!  When we asked her, she assured us that she was not the one.  We recognized no one in the shop, so we didn’t know whom to thank.  We placed a tip on the table and left, still wondering who, and were grateful and happy.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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