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How Full is Your Fruit Bowl?

March 20, 2013

We are now sitting in our simple, clean, comfortable rented "villa" staring raptly at the Aitutaki lagoon, whose colours range from vivid aqua to soft jade, farther out to sea from deep blue to purple. The colours shift throughout the day with the changing light. It was very hot when we arrived, but Fall is starting here now. We were very comfortable sleeping with ceiling fans and much prefer it to air conditioning. A breeze ruffles the swaying palms from morning to evening. The air is sweet with the fragrance of sea and frangipani blossoms. Flowers are everywhere, in what feels like almost sinful abundance.

My first prayer – on the plane as we approached Aitutaki from Rarotonga, a 45 minute flight -- contains the words, "Here am I with my body between Thy hands and my spirit before Thy face. Do with them as it may please Thee."

My first meal was yellowfin tuna cooked just until tender with fluffy rice and salad. First breakfast -  mango and starfruit with strong coffee and bit of whole meal toast. Dan's first meal: beef kabab and fries; what a surprise!

My first swim – delicious. The water is perfect, just cool enough to be refreshing.

Dan needs a few days to de-compress from the flight and sits quietly mesmerized on our covered deck, looking out at the lagoon.

Our first visitor was Nane (pronounced Nah nay), a lovely friend we met the other times we came to this beautiful island. From the moment we arrived in Rarotonga, the gifts began. Friends Jane and Nicki surprised us in the early morning, welcoming us at the airport with fragrant Magnolia blossom leis and fruit from Jane's garden. Nane dropped by in the evening saying, "Where is your fruit bowl?"  We already had a towering pile of mangoes, limes, paw paw, passion-fruit and star fruit we brought from Rarotonga, and provided by Richard, the host of this guest house.  Now we have two fruit bowls. We hope to be as open hearted to the gifts others want to give us as they will be to whatever we have to offer.

We begin now to discern, is this home?
Generosity


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Linda Kavelin-Popov

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