You might know the story of a hungry traveller, carrying a pot who arrives at a village starving. He asks villagers if they have any food to share. but they deny him any food. In his desperation, the traveller walks to the neighbouring stream, makes a fire and fills his pot with water. He chooses a stone and places it in the water. As the "stone soup" simmers, a villager walks by, and asks the traveller what he is making. The traveller replies: "Stone Soup, but it would be much more delicious with a vegetable." The villager is then inspired to return to his neighbours and friends to ask if people could contribute to the Stone Soup. In time the village comes together to make a communal soup and it's delicious.
This story demonstrates co-operation and what happens when people come together. In order to bring this point home, we took all week last week to re-enact this story. The children would contribute play food to the Stone Soup. Come Friday we asked each child to bring a vegetable of their choice to daycare. In the morning we got busy making bread and chopping vegetables, and re-enacted the story again but this time the children contributed real vegetables to a real soup. Of course, there was a stone in the soup :) It was so much fun and the children got a lot out of it. Even a child who doesn't usually eat his soup, ate it.
Before our feast we lit a candle and took a moment of gratitude. It was a great week that led into a great day.
Here is Leo meditating on what makes him grateful