"You can't describe it. You just have to experience it."
This is the most common quote from those who come to Greensboro Grub for the first time or the 20th time!
We had July Grub two nights ago and it did not disappoint. It was our largest Grub to date with 72 guests plus 8 workers in the kitchen! The cuisine was Jamaican with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Pork, Jamaican Stir-Fry veggies, Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding, Jamaican carrots, and Jamaican Rice & Peas on the menu. What a spread! yummm, notice the theme?
Eyes sparkled and mouths watered as the feast began. You cannot imagine the sound of 70 plus people eating, laughing, talking and having the time of their lives. I will sometimes go into the next room, to be quiet & listen to the joyful noise. Amazing.
As folks slow down on the main course Ruth goes into the breakfast nook to prepare desserts.
As she does that, I, Charlie, go to the center of the table to do guest interviews... finding out where they were born, what brought them to Greensboro and other info. Laughter abounds as guests try to out-wit me... oh, ye of hopeless causes! THAT will never happen. After the interviews dessert is served — Peach Pecan Bread Pudding!!
As dessert is scarfed up and people begin to linger over coffee, the announcement is made to pick-up your chairs and go into the Gathering Room for sharing of talents. This is where the magic truly begins. "Ordinary" people coming forward to give us gifts of talent, words, songs and antics. It is really quite astounding what happens. This Grub we had 7 young poets perform, they are preparing to leave for a National contest in Chicago. They were amazing. Words that made us think. Words that made us laugh. Words that made us laugh. They were on the top of their game!
What an honor to be there with such talent, openness and vulnerability.
After the poets other people took to the stage to share with us. Again it is something to be experienced and difficult to describe as unique and special friends rose to tell stories, sing songs and share memories. We felt privileged to be there. And as with every Grub, Ruth & I marvel that we are fortunate enough to live such a life, to have such friends and to see what happens when God takes over. Truly amazing. Truly blessed. I tell people that we are always as surprised as anyone else when we have a Grub and the magic happens. I mean, what did we do? We offered some food and a place to gather and what happens after that is beyond our capabilities and beyond our expectations, beyond our dreams.