Sharing, or Gastfreundschaft ist ein kleiner Regenschirm

July 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

I understand that pineapples are a historical symbol of hospitable promises. (I always think this when I eat pineapple — what could be more generous than offering one up without a fight?) However, I would like to propose a new symbol of true warmth and welcome.

My new friend from Macau is radiant and calm. Like the sun, she observes, and like the sun, she understands that as the morning stretches out, it also burns. When we went to Berlin, to view the remnant Wall, she stood against the 100 degree sun with an umbrella perched on her shoulder. She saw me squinting against the the afternoon blaze and shifted it to cover me as well.

In the Grimms Forest of Sababurg, again the sun bore down relentlessly at noontime, and again she drew from her pack a little umbrella, which she opened and offered to those of us around her.

Hospitality is told in the misshapen shadow of four people striving to hide from the sun.

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