Friday, November 12, 2010

Rice - a recap

  • One pound of rice cooked.
  • 5 spice choices on the Lazy Susan at the center of the table.
  • Initial attitude check: Chance, angry. Colton, excited. Mom & dad, a bit weary.
  • First scoop - straight up. Small scoop. No seasonings allowed. As "authentic" as possible.
  • Most of us fly through the original scoop. It's still a novel concept. We are busy talking about Cambodia and the lifestyle there. It's better when it's warm. And we all want to get on to a scoop with at least something for seasoning!
  • Except Chance. He hasn't taken a bite bigger than a Basking Robins sample scoop yet - and we all know how minuscule those are!
  • Many variations tried - seasoned salt, ranch popcorn seasoning, cinnamon/sugar.
  • Except Chance. He's still working on the first, very small scoop.
  • Dinner Question - If you could give the Cambodians one thing, what would it be?
  • Chance - Something better than this! After much prodding and pushing, he conceded that he would somehow give them better food, and it would include lots of fresh fruit like one of those big Safeway fruit trays.
  • Colton - Some toys, probably toy swords, and some gift baskets full of pineapples, apples, oranges, and some candy bars. Probably Crunch bars. And nothing with nuts, in case any of the Cambodians have allergies.
  • Matt - assurance that they wouldn't have to worry where their next meal is coming from.
  • Heather - technology available to us that would allow them to grow better crops, and get more yield from the rice acreage that is available to them.
  • Just like any good Christian revival, next came the pitch for funds. How many bags of rice did we think we could commit to providing?
  • Chance immediately offers up either his savings or chores for two bags. $20. He's feeding 2 families for at least a month.
  • Colton decides, after much cajoling (he started out giving a big ZERO), that he could commit to 1.5 bags. $15 worth of offering money or chores. He's feeding 1.5 families for at least a month.
  • Overall - a pretty good evening.
  • I was reminded, by my stubborn boy who barely ate one small scoop of rice, cried at the table because he wanted to eat something else, wondered why we had to go through this when WE weren't the ones in Cambodia, and went to bed directly after dinner by his own choice - that I can't force someone's heart to break for the things that my heart breaks for. Even my own kids. God will break his heart for other things. And that's okay.
  • I was impressed with Colton's immediately embracing the concept. He ate 5 bowls of rice, and had 1,000 or so questions. It took him a bit of a push to let it affect his pocketbook, but he's come a long way from our first year, when he thought they all should just trek on down to Wal-Mart and buy some chicken nuggets for themselves.

Thank you, Lord, for the abundance that we live in. We are blessed beyond measure. Please, Lord, don't let it harden our hearts. Don't let it become expected or taken for granted. For whom much is given, much is expected. You expect a lot of us, Lord. May we make you proud to call us your own.

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