Sunday, July 5, 2015

Second Sunday Brunch

Second Sunday Brunch Re-booted

Our first Second Sunday Brunch! 10/19/04


Every second Sunday of the month we used to have an open house pot-luck brunch in The Garden so that we could relax with our friends and family.  Sometimes we'd have just a few guests, and other times our garden was overflowing.  Much of our community were regulars, school friends, work friends, old friends, new friends, and, of course, family.   When people from our different communities intersected, something magical happened. The food was always delicious and plentiful. Smiles and laughter lit up The Garden. For a few hours, once a month, we had no worries, only joy.  Even the weather was touched by the magic; more often than not, the brunch days were sunny and pleasant! 


Our family misses the Second Sunday Brunches we used to have in The Garden.  The amazing food, good conversation and the chance to stay connected with our community was always a bright spot in our month But, alas, as the kids got bigger, it became harder to sustain the once a month commitment.  We’ve revisited it a few times, but nothing has ever gotten off the ground. 

In some ways, my Wednesday Honey Sales remind me of the Second Sunday Brunches. Like the brunches, I'm never sure who will show up, I've reconnected with many friends, and we often share food (besides the honey) and drink. And of course we are out in The Garden, tapping into the magic of this special place. Next Sunday, July 12th, my honey sale will be even more like a Second Sunday Brunch. Instead of just food and drink the "pot-luck" will include jewelry, marinades, art, live music (talented kids), and more.  All of it will be available to buy or trade. But like the Sunday Brunches, the smiles, laughter, good company will be plentiful and free! The Garden Bazaar will take place from noon to 4 in The Garden on July 12th, a second Sunday.  I didn't plan it that way. Is it a coincidence? I think not! The magic will be there, too!

Becca, our good friend and Lena’s kindergarten teacher, shared this with us long ago: 
Becca and Lena 4/14/08

Today we read about MLK and wrote "I have a
dream" wishes.  Lena said, "I have a dream that
everybody in the world would come to our brunch!"  I
thought that was sweet, and metaphoricaly speaking, it
is true to the spirit of the second sunday brunch. 
We're big fans.  Lena walked away mumbling "well, I
guess I'd need a mansion..."

In some ways, Lena's wish came true every second Sunday.  One, or more, of the most important people in our world came to The Garden, and over the course of the years of the Second Sunday Brunch, they all did. Now I'm hoping to revive it and, once again, share the magic with family, friends, and neighbors. I hope you'll be there.

I'm also planning another Second Sunday Honey Sale, but not till September.  It will be a fundraiser for the National MS Society.  I'm sure it will be another day filled with the magic of The Garden!

Until one second Sunday or the other, stay sweet!

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