Hospitality

We are closing in on the last book of The Odyssey (Fagles), with Faith reading it aloud.

The heroes of the story appear to be the homecomings, the meal preparations, the clean laundry, the childhood recognitions, the orchard-tending and not the imperfect gods or people.

In 1984, Jack Driscoll described the story to our English 9 class as a handbook of hospitality.

But the interchangeability of characters striving to perform fundamental housekeeping has never been as pronounced to me. Like it was Homer’s thesis. King or swine herder. Is your porch swept? Is the hearth warm?

Decades of my Grandma Johnson’s calendar, where she marked days with visitors and menus.

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