Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
“Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!
Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.”
Proverbs 9: 1-6
This reading reminds me of my mother. She is now entertaining my older two sons since they are going to college near her home. They love it. My oldest has enjoyed her hospitality for the last two years. She is constantly saying, “Eat! Eat!”. Nothing sounds sweeter to the ears of a healthy teenage boy. She is a very good cook and loves to see my boys with hearty appetites inhale her culinary creations. Of course she is always fixing a variety of foods out of fear that someone won’t like one thing so she must have an alternative. Two kinds of meat. At least two different desserts.
Of course, this is not how she cooked for her kids. It is only grandkids that get this constant kitchen activity. But that is okay. I know that a lot of bonding goes on around the kitchen table so I don’t begrudge my kids a reason to spend a little extra time with Grannie.