St. Thomas church and The Gatherers

Good Morning God!

Yes, I know, God, it is really Kit’s Trip — but when the very kind and helpful young woman at the computer store told me about the fabulous “jumble sale” at St. Thomas Church in Hanover — going on Right Now — I couldn’t resist. Kit could have resisted easily.

But, being a Loving Husband, he agreed. Off we went to The Jumble Sale — an opportunity for me to exercise my Gathering Instincts — enjoying the sorting, analyzing and examining of all the detritus of the church community. Looking back, my behavior reminds me of that of a bloodhound on the trail although, I had no set “quarry” but rather a desire to check it all out.

I like to think, God, that this behavior is hard-wired from our Paleolithic Past when women provided all the food that “didn’t move.” Roots, berries, seeds and nuts comprised 70% of the total calories of our diet back then. And in an average year we ate over 800 diverse types of food. We women were BUSY! It was Ursula Le Guin who said that the “first tool” was a string bag that women made to carry it all home!

There was no need of a string bag for yesterday’s shopping expedition. But, for $9
I brought back 2 bracelets, one necklace, a cross for a necklace, and one black cashmere sweater — none of which I needed — but all for a worthy cause! That last fact setting church jumble sales slightly ahead of Ross’s.

Ah, The Joys of USING our innate “skills.” Please, God, help me to “notice” them — and to cherish them.

PS We just retuned from an outstanding service at St. Thomas — how foolish I am, God, to think I can stay connected to YOU without the help of Sunday services — and preferably Wednesday morning Prayer Times, too!

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