Spoonful of Kindness

We’re building a house fairly far out in the country.   This means that most of the work crews show up with their lunch because it’s just too far to drive into town to eat.  I was there the other day when all the men were gathering around the pile-of-sheetrock-table, pulling out their meals.  Some had plates, some just burritos wrapped in foil.

I had a wonderful flash back to a job we were doing on Guam years ago.  G and I were doing all the cabinet and trim work in a beautiful new home.  Everything else in the house was being done by a crew of Filipino men.  Every day we’d take our sandwiches for lunch, and every day this crew would show up with steamed rice and some wonderful looking concoction of meat and vegetables in a heavy sauce.

After a couple of days of working together, they began to offer us some of their lunch, and we happily accepted.  There was one big spoon to serve it onto your plate… but after that it was finger food.  Well, we Americans eat lots of food with our fingers… but gooey rice dishes usually aren’t in that category.  Regardless, we ate it with our fingers as happy as you please.

And the next day when we all stopped for our lunch break, these men had big smiles on their faces when they started unpacking all the food they’d brought, then held up two spoons for Gary and me to eat with.  We all laughed and laughed.  And they brought spoons for us every day.  And I brought cookies.

What a simple act of kindness.  We’ll never forget it.  I hope those men enjoy the memories of working together in that beautiful house in Talofofo as well.

5 Responses to “Spoonful of Kindness”

  1. Sandy says:

    Photographing spoons this morning… I realize that most of mine are painfully spotted and scratched! =)

  2. Betty W. says:

    Spoons used for dispensing kindness tend to get spotted and scratched. It’s a badge of honor. 🙂

  3. Sandy says:

    Indeed! Better to have scratched spoons, that perfectly pristine!
    Thanks Betty!

  4. Mindy says:

    Thank you for sharing. Perfect way to start the day

  5. Sue Moore says:

    What wonderful memories you have to share! What graciousness you showed and loving hospitality you were given! This precious story brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for the gift you have given us.

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