RDP #36: HOSPITABLE
Word origin: late 16th century: from French, from obsolete hospiter ‘receive a guest,’ from medieval Latin hospitare ‘entertain,’ from hospes, hospit- (see host1).
I apologize to those of you who don’t get excited about word origins, but I love knowing where words come from. It’s a hobby of mine, and I probably will continue unless I get a restraining order or something 🙂
My mom was a wonderful hostess. She loved to cook, loved being able to set a pretty table when she finally got her first full set of china on their 25th anniversary. Things sure have changed. Brides today expect that full set of expensive dinnerware.
Anyway, it wasn’t just her food and her dishes that made her a great hostess. She was a “people-person,” and she knew how to make guests feel right at home. She welcomed help in the kitchen, and there was always laughter along with the work. People were her stock in trade, so to speak. She was interested in the lives of her guests, and as a pastor’s wife, she often knew things about people that helped my dad know how to counsel them.
Some of my favorite memories of having company include Sunday nights after church. Usually, it was a relaxed time. There would be kids our age, and we would entertain ourselves elsewhere in the house or outdoors while the adults sat around the dining room table. I remember being intrigued at outbursts of laughter, wondering what they thought was so funny.
They wondered the same thing about us, I learned later on. They’d hear gales of giggles and belly laughs and wonder what we were up to.
I don’t remember now. I just remember that we had fun. We didn’t have electronic devices of any sort. We did play games. We talked with each other, joking, teasing, laughing without the “benefit” of a cell phone. Actually, it was considered rude to turn on the television if you had guests. What a concept!
Good times, good memories.