AHHHHH the unexpected party…
For someone who just wanted to eat his dinner in peace, Bilbo sure got more than he could ever bargain for when he opened the door at the first bell ring.
C-C-Can you not do that? You’ll blunt them!
Oooh, you hear that lads? He says we’ll blunt the knives…
Blunt the knives, bend the forks
Smash the bottles and burn the corks
Chip the glasses and crack the plates
That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!
Cut the cloth, tread on the fat
Leave the bones on the bedroom mat
Pour the milk on the pantry floor
Splash the wine on every door!
Dump the crocks in a boiling bowl
Pound them up with a thumping pole
When you’re finished if they are whole
Send them down the hall to roll!
I remember watching each of the dwarves come in to Bag End and getting increasingly nervous…I don’t blame Bilbo for being so uptight! I mean, I LOVE spending time with people but having 13 strangers come in and literally make themselves at home is more than a little unsettling.
We know they sing and poke fun at Bilbo but in the end they clean up after themselves and then all gather round the table and get to the business at hand.
It got me thinking about tables…and gatherings…
When I stop and think of all the tables I’ve found myself seated at lately, it brings a great smile to my face.
At the holidays, my family gathers around, now multiple tables, to laugh and share a meal.
Every few months, my good friends invite me over and the three of us play the new tabletop game they’ve purchased.
I’ve sat across from my niece and nephews as they color me a picture for my fridge.
Twice, I’ve gotten to lend my voice to a podcast.
I’ve shared early morning coffee chats and LATE evening chats
Dreams were dreamt, space was held, and lives were made just a little better and brighter…all by having a seat.
So, whether your company gets as rowdy as 13 dwarves, or it’s just one person, keep welcoming people to your table and accepting invitations to sit at others’. Relationships happen all over Middle Earth and you never know when one could lead you on your next GREAT ADVENTURE!!!