We are back in Humble Roots today, discussing Chapters 3 and 4. Part of what I love about reading and then discussing is that reading is often a gateway into other topics or small bunny trails. The discussion of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello in Chapter 3 reminded me of my trip there! So, of course, I want to share (and to remind you that you can upload photos in your comments. If something we read reminds you of a story or takes you down a bunny trail, do share!).
Several years ago a dear colleague from China was getting married. I had been her supervisor for several years before she went to Australia to work on a PhD, so when she asked me to read a passage of scripture in her wedding, of course I was going! She also invited me several days early to be a part of the festivities. On the Friday before the wedding, I wasn’t needed (in the best sense) and we were near Monticello so I decided to spend the whole day there. I’m a history and nature geek and needed a quiet place in the middle of the day for my Connection Group Skype call, Monticello seemed perfect.
I did not know before I went there, but this is called “The Nickel Shot” because it is the image used on the back of the U.S. five cent coin.
Isn’t it pretty?! I can see why Thomas Jefferson wanted to grow European vines.
Not sure Thomas Jefferson pictured people taking their own “Nickel Shots” with his house. Ha!
I was there in early April and the tulips were spectacular.
I did pay attention to what Hannah wrote about Jefferson. “Drawing on his classical education, Jefferson integrated architecture, landscape design, and botany to create a place of beauty and industry. Verdant lawns, bountiful orchards, brightly colored flowerbeds, and productive kitchen gardens flowed together seamlessly, joined by a network of well-worn paths.”
I did pay attention, but my mind also wandered and I remembered that wonderful day. The sun. The Connection Group conversation. The exploring every nook and cranny and learning about gardening, and Jefferson. James Madison lived near by, so on Saturday morning I got up early to tour his home; I learned about how Jefferson and Madison communicated about their fields and what was growing and what wasn’t. All this to say, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this section and learning more about Jefferson, vineyard growing, and roots.
(In case you’re wondering, the wedding was wonderful, the scripture reading successful, and the celebration afterwards was the real joy. Please invite me to your wedding, it really will be the highlight of my trip, not the tours I can go on or the things I can learn!)
These two chapters had me thinking in a way that seemed more effective to share in a short three minute video. I apologize that I have a cold and my voice is a bit scratchy. If you don’t see the video right below this, you can watch it here.
What bunny trails did these chapters take you down? What would have you been thinking about Pride and Humility? Can’t wait to connect in the comments.
Next week we will discuss Part 3 (Land of Milk and Honey) in Scouting the Divine. Don’t worry, we will come back to Part 2 in future weeks!
Reading plan for Humble Roots and Scouting the Divine:
March 6—The intros to the two books (Wonderment in SD, Sowing Seeds in HR)
March 13—Part 1 (The Good Shepherd) in SD
March 20— Chapters 1 and 2 in HR
March 27—Chapters 3 and 4 in HR
April 3—Part 3 (Land of Milk and Honey) in SD
April 10—Chapters 5 and 6 in HR
April 17—Part 4 (The Vine) in SD (Retreat this weekend!)
April 24—Last week was retreat so to have time to focus on the retreat, no extra reading his week. We will have a Get to Know and get back to reading this week. Also, I will announce the summer reading!
May 1—Chapter 7 in HR
May 8—Chapters 8 and 9 in HR
May 15—Part 2 (The Harvest) in SD
May 22—Chapters 10 and 11 in HR
May 29—We made it! Two books read in tandem we will review and have a Get to Know