I went to Scotland to spend some quality time in a lodge on the side of a Mountain with a large gathering of friends and strangers. I was asked to contribute some wine, a ‘turn’ and a grace. I am not at all religious and am not about to stand at the end of a table and thank the imaginary friend for supplying the meal. As I am a New Zealander some felt a Maori grace might be good, but I am not a Maori.
I had a look on the internet and there are many non religious, or secular, or humanist, hippy, vegan, druid, and other ridiculous graces but I didn’t rate any of them. I didn’t really want to read something I had downloaded. I sort of left it for a while to mull my options and went to Scotland in the end with a pretty ordinary downloaded grace for my big night at the end of a table of 19 people on the side of a Scottish mountain. Up there the meals where being prepared by the hosts, my friends.
On the day I was due to do the grace to the gathered throng, I had spent much of the day wandering around the wilderness with a chum, Hugo whose other half was crawling round the highlands on her tummy looking for wildlife. When I got back to the lodge I fancied a little nap so went to the room for a ‘noddy’ as my Sister in law calls it.
I was troubled though that my grace was, frankly, rubbish. So had a sudden burst of inspiration and cobbled the following together on the iPad on the ‘notes’ bit. If you are faced with having to do a bit of a thank you and acknowledgement of a meal in a gathering, you can use it if you like.
Thanks to those, the hale and hearty
Our companions at this gathered party
Thanks to the cooks, the creators of feasts
Thanks to those, the hunters of beasts
Thanks to those who tend the vines
and thanks to those who make them wines
The makers of food and tenders of flocks
The brewers and bakers and growers of crops
The folk who take wild things and make them a meal
The food and the wine over friendships we seal
We thank the stout people who carry the beer
We thank our good hosts for having us here
We give thanks that we are lucky as life could be worse
But not for too long as here comes the first course.