Monday, January 21, 2013

Stone Soup


We awoke to sunshine and mild temperatures, not the usual January weather we are use to. After morning snuggles, juice was pressed and breakfast was made. We chatted. He giggled, I giggled. He looked out the window, the birds caught his attention. He watched. I grabbed a sweet potato from the shelf and started washing and then chopping. Curious he turned his attention back to me and asked what the potato was for? Stone soup I replied. Stone soup he questioned, looking at me with a little grin. Yes, stone soup.


We arrive at Oaks and Acorns, an outdoor nature program for parents and their children. We sing a welcome song and then take a little walk to our spot. The spot where we gather together to explore, enjoy nature and share stories.

Today is the story of stone soup. Do you know it? As we gather small branches from the forest floor our leader of the day tells the story of stone soup.

A woman in torn clothes carrying a stick with a fabric bag attached and an empty cooking pot comes to a village. She asks the villagers if they would be willing to share some food with her, but they say no, they have nothing to share. She looks at them and in a confident tone tells them that is okay she will head down the the stream and make some stone soup. Once at the stream she gathers twigs to start a fire, fills her pot with water and places a large stone in it. She puts it on the fire and waits. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what she is doing. She tells them she is making stone soup and proceeds to give it a little taste. It tastes wonderful she remarks but it could really use something to bring out the flavour. The villager offers to run home and grab an onion and it gets added to the soup.  Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and she again mentions she is making stone soup which still needs a little something to really bring out the flavour. The villager offers to run home and grab a few carrots. With him returns another villager with some seasoning. The carrots and seasoning are added to the pot. Now, more villagers are walking by, offering to add a little something to the pot. Finally, with the work of the village, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is created and enjoyed by everyone.



With our branches, a little fire is started, a pot of water is added and one by one we walk up to the pot and add our ingredients. Each family bringing something to add. We filled the pot with carrots, sweet potato, celery, raisins, cranberries, quinoa, seasoning and miso, and yes a stone was added. Children ran in the woods, adults tended the fire. Children climbed trees, adults gathered in conversation. In the middle of it all our pot of stone soup.



One by one we reached into the pot to fill our mugs with stone soup. A soup filled will good food, love and community. It was delicious, enjoyed by adults and children around the fire, the sun shining and good conversation filling the air.

40 comments:

  1. This looks like such a fun way to spend the day. Such a great story, too!

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  2. What a wonderful way to bring life to the story!

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  3. What a wonderful way to share this story. Every Friday is "soup" day at Katherine's school and each child brings a vegetable to chop and add to the soup. But I love the idea of doing this with a community of families over a fire in the woods... Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was a perfect way to share the story and being outside was the icing on the cake :)

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  4. I remember reading that book when I was a child. :)

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    1. I didn't know there was a book, I will have to look for it, thanks!

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  5. that was one of my favorite stories from story time at the library. love it and it is amazing that you actually recreated it.

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    1. It was pretty special, not something Reece or I will forget anytime soon.

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  6. love that your community has put the wisdom of this favorite story into action!

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  7. yum! You always have the best activities for the outdoors. I bet the kids and adults loved the flavor that stone added. There's a picture book about stone soup that I used to read to the kids but cannot recall who wrote it. Glad you got more snow, I knew you would!!

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    1. Thanks Karen. Everyone loved it, it was a pretty special day. I didn't know there was a book, I am going to look for it.

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  8. What a fun and memorable experience! Such a great group that Oaks and Acorns!

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    1. It is a great group, I thank my lucky stars every day that I found them :)

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  9. what a great community you're creating Kim!

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    1. It is! Not all me though, I am just part of many people who come together to share our love of nature and in return this is what gets created. It is pretty amazing!

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  10. This is lovely! Perfect community soup :)

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  11. I had totally forgotten about that story! What a neat way to share it.

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  12. I love the community you live in Kim, it must be so much fun.
    And Stone Soup is one of my all time favorites!

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    1. It is and I feel very blessed and grateful to be a part of it.

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  13. "Stone Soup" was one of my favorite stories as a child. I had 2 different copies of the book... one more traditional and with some funny little additions. My grandma and I used to make stone soup together. Such a fun tradition!

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    1. It is and you can bet we will be doing it again :)

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  14. What a wonderful day and group to have.

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  15. This looks wonderful Kim. What special people you have found to be a part of your life.

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    1. It was wonderful Jennifer, you would have loved it. I am very grateful.

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  16. I love this story - and how neat that you got to actually experience it! Sounds like a lot of fun. :) xo

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    1. It was pretty special and a whole lot of fun.

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  17. Oh wow - that looks wonderful. We've had some requests to make stone soup again around here - might have to try it outside.

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    1. It was Gretchen. You should definitely try it outside, lots of fun for all.

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  18. This is such a wonderful story and experience too it sounds like. You make life into such a wonderful adventure. :)

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    1. Awe, thanks Sara. I figure life is what you make it so I have to my part to make it wonderful :)

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  19. That looks warming on so many levels.

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  20. I remember making stone soup in first grade. I was so mesmerized by the whole thing. I'll have to give it a go here. :-)

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    1. We had a ton of fun, I highly recommend it.

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