Making Room for a Children’s Classic

Note:  Snowbound days are meant for slow thinking about ordinary things.  Yesterday’s gentle snowfall on a quiet Sunday spurred me to learn and write about books that help introduce children to the realities of poverty and hunger in our midst.  The hours I have been spending as a volunteer at Neighbors do give me a fresh take on ordinary things.  This morning my concern is the plight of homeless people faced with a foot of new fallen snow.  A piece I had written for Neighbors came to mind.  Though the piece describes a program at Neighbors, the message is universal.  Furthermore, it’s about one of my favorite stories and this entire blog is simply  about poking around……

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One of my favorite stories of the holiday season is  Always Room for One More, written by Sorche Nic Leodhas and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian.  Based on a Scottish folktale it’s the story of a generous Scotsman, Lachie MacLachlan, who welcomes every weary traveler who passes by on a stormy night into his “wee house in the heather” where “there’s always room for one more.”

The host’s generosity is part of the story – the rest of the tale is the beautiful  thank you of his grateful guests.  It’s a warm and humorous story, complete with a musical score for singing along.  And it’s just right for the Christmas season.

When Lache extends his hand, his reward is rich.  A tinker, a tailor, a sailor, a ‘lassie’, an ‘auld’ wife, a bagpiper and others join him.  There’s dancing and singing till the house falls down!  With the help of his guests Lachie builds a bigger house, where there is ‘always room for one more.’”

The story sets a tone and is delightfully infectious.  Though shopping for toys, books, clothing, games and other holiday gifts for an adopted family is not quite the same as Lache’s experience, the spirit and the rewards are very much the same.

Many families and seniors in our community are like the weary travelers Lachie befriends.  Neighbors depends on our friends to make room in their hearts by adopting a family or senior.  As in Lachie’s stories, the rewards for all are great.

The promotion part:  This was part of a pitch for Neighbors Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior holiday programs.  Neighbors is a “full service” social service agency – thrift shop, food shelf, tele-care, transportation, emergency assistance and much more.  It serves and is largely supported by residents of northern Dakota County — South St Paul, West St Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Lilydale and Sunfish.  If you want to know about these programs or about Neighbors in general, you can let me know or contact Neighbors directly.– info@neighborsmn.org, www.neighborsmn.org,   651 455 1508 or visit Neighbors’ new site  at 222 Grand Avenue West in South St. Paul.

Note:  Snowbound days are meant for slow thinking about ordinary things.  Yesterday’s gentle snowfall on a quiet Sunday spurred me to learn and write about books that help introduce children to the realities of poverty and hunger in our midst.  The hours I have been spending as a volunteer at Neighbors do give me a fresh take on ordinary things.  This morning my concern is the plight of homeless people faced with a foot of new fallen snow.  A piece I had written for Neighbors came to mind.  Though the piece describes a program at Neighbors, the message is universal.  Furthermore, it’s about one of my favorite stories and this entire blog is simply  about poking around……

***

One of my favorite stories of the holiday season is  Always Room for One More, written by Sorche Nic Leodhas and illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian.  Based on a Scottish folktale it’s the story of a generous Scotsman, Lachie MacLachlan, who welcomes every weary traveler who passes by on a stormy night into his “wee house in the heather” where “there’s always room for one more.”

The host’s generosity is part of the story – the rest of the tale is the beautiful  thank you of his grateful guests.  It’s a warm and humorous story, complete with a musical score for singing along.  And it’s just right for the Christmas season.

When Lache extends his hand, his reward is rich.  A tinker, a tailor, a sailor, a ‘lassie’, an ‘auld’ wife, a bagpiper and others join him.  There’s dancing and singing till the house falls down!  With the help of his guests Lachie builds a bigger house, where there is ‘always room for one more.’”

The story sets a tone and is delightfully infectious.  Though shopping for toys, books, clothing, games and other holiday gifts for an adopted family is not quite the same as Lache’s experience, the spirit and the rewards are very much the same.

Many families and seniors in our community are like the weary travelers Lachie befriends.  Neighbors depends on our friends to make room in their hearts by adopting a family or senior.  As in Lachie’s stories, the rewards for all are great.

The promotion part:  This was part of a pitch for Neighbors Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior holiday programs.  Neighbors is a “full service” social service agency – thrift shop, food shelf, tele-care, transportation, emergency assistance and much more.  It serves and is largely supported by residents of northern Dakota County — South St Paul, West St Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Lilydale and Sunfish.  If you want to know about these programs or about Neighbors in general, you can let me know or contact Neighbors directly.– info@neighborsmn.org, www.neighborsmn.org,   651 455 1508 or visit Neighbors’ new site  at 222 Grand Avenue West in South St. Paul.

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