Show and Tell

A picture is worth a thousand words. Our first memories are usually of the things that surrounded us when were young. There are people who can remember the musical mobile above their crib. I thought I was the only one! It was nice to be surrounded by beautiful things. My grandmother had aviaries with canaries and pigeons, rose bushes and orchids in her garden. There were even grapes growing on a trellis and a Japanese fish pond, which my brother couldn’t resist pushing me into. He decided to set the canaries free, something he regretted when my grandmother told him that they were domesticated and would not be able to fend for themselves in the wild. The truly beautiful things were the things of nature. They are so full of colour and life.

As time goes by, material things count for less in our store of memory, and relationships and special occasions become more precious. Celebrations at home with family and friends have pride of place. My siblings had a disco party at home (in pre-Covid days, of course) where kids, teens and uncles and aunties danced the night away after dinner. I suppose that was a family D&D.

Entertaining at home is a wonderful way of showing hospitality. It’s nice meeting up with old friends and former colleagues over a meal, but even nicer when we cook a meal together or when each one brings a dish or two. It’s also a chance to show off some newly acquired skill, or share experiences of using different appliances, like the air fryer.

By Chayo, Homskil Editor 1, 6 January 2021

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