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The truth is – walls CAN talk and they often say a lot about the people who live within them.

In man’s early history, glyphs and simple pictures were etched on cave walls, depicting their stories about successful hunts or Hawaiian_Petroglyphsfishing expeditions. Egyptians painted the history of the Pharaoh’s family on the pyramid walls. Native Americans painted on the leather skins of their tepees and sandy pueblo walls. Skilled weavers soon learned how to created colorful fabrics and tapestries which told stories through their colors, patterns and pictures. Women through history have created samplers which were framed and hung on walls, used as educational tools or depicting Bible verses or family tree info as memory aids. All one had to do was to step inside the home to learn all about that family’s story.

People still use their walls to tell family stories. My daughter with the 8 children has a whole wall dedicated to their current pictures – all in the same type and color of frame. She has even dressed them alike some years – all the girls in long denim skirts and bare feet while the boys wear jeans and white shirts, also bare footed. It makes a great display and conveys a message of the desire for a simpler lifestyle. The happy expressions on each child’s face conveys the joy of family life they experience.

I also have a wall as you come in my back door with photos of my family – A wedding picture of my husband and myself, with a framed verse about family heritage where all the children know the Lord. A photo of each of the children when they were younger flanks our wedding photo and now photos of the grand children. (Hmmm – I need to seriously update that wall to get EVERYONE in the picture since there are 11 grandchildren now!)

Anyone remember those home décor parties where you invited all your friends to see demonstrations of how to use themed art pieces, mirrors, beautiful pictures, sconces, floral holders and the like to create ornate wall displays that filled up a good portion of wall space? The wall display was intended to tell a story to visitors in that home – showing the preferences and the personality of the home owner as well warmth and welcome.

Over the years home décor trends have changed. They went from pastel to bold wall colors. From single pictures to wall displays. From photos to subway art, stitched samplers to vinyl wall clings that spell out bold poetic sayings across a whole wall; you have only to step inside someone’s home to read their lives on the walls. Oh yes! Walls do talk – they speak volumes.

What do your walls say about you, your family and your faith? I’d love to hear from you!

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Did you know that June 4th is National Cheese Day? some_kind_of_cheese_198873

I happened to catch that newsy story on one of my favorite food/recipe blogs this morning and just HAD to make a cheesy fritata with spinach and other veggies this morning. Yummy!

Cheese is one of my favorite foods and it always reminds me of pizza. Pizza reminds me of about a zillion stories which involve making pizza with my children when they were younger and now with my grand kids, celebrating birthdays with my youth class, and cheesy recipes I used to enjoy at home when I was growing up.

While this blog isn’t really about food,  it is about stories. Food and stories just naturally go together.  We each have our personal collection of stories  of  weddings, birthdays, births, holidays and graduations which center around food. We mourn with food because it comforts us. We even worship with food afterwards: “yack and snack,” food and fellowship, pot-luck and dinner-on-the-ground. Call it whatever you like. We are food oriented;  each of those food events generates stories which remind us of people and relationships.

Even the aroma of food can trigger childhood memories or stories. When my husband is greeted by the aroma of fresh-baked bread upon entering the house, he always gets a far away look in his eyes and comments about how he used to come home from school to have a warm roll fresh from the oven on his mom’s baking days.

Who can resist popcorn when they go to see a “story” acted out on the silver screen at the movies? Or s’mores and ghost stories around the summer campfire? What about all those Bible stories connected with food? Manna in the wilderness, the little boy with five loaves and two fish, Jesus feeding his disciples on the beach after his resurrection and the Lord’s Supper? In each of my Bible novels there are scenes involving food because the cooking fire, like today’s kitchen table was the scene of family discussions, bonding and story-telling.

I hope you have a Happy National Cheese Day today! Enjoy some cheese and as you munch on it, see what stories and people come to mind. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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