We ate lunch with Liam’s Pre-k class today. His class helped prepare stone soup and all of the parents were invited to come eat. Our little guy was very excited that we were joining him for lunch and that he got to help cook the meal. All of the kids were very proud of their contributions to the soup.
If you don’t know the old folk tale of this communal meal, here’s a short summary from Wikipedia:
Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. The travelers fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire in the village square. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they’re making “stone soup,” which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to help them out, so it gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.
Liam’s teacher informed us that they really did put a rock in soup but assured us that it had been washed and scrubbed thoroughly beforehand. Being the germiphobe that I am, this wasn’t the best news of the day but I survived and the soup was quite tasty! See for yourself…
I love this time of the year when there are so many activities going on and this year is extra special because with my new job I’ll be off more days through the holidays to spend with my family.