Today, Lee Tetkowski and I went to an Earth Day celebration that was held at Congregation Shir Shalom, in Williamsville. The earth day celebration involved food trucks, musical entertainment, and story. It was a happy event.
Here are some of the images of the people at the event, along with a story that professional storyteller Sue Tannehill shared about a king who was on a search for a happy person.
|Sue Tannehill and Lee Tetkowski|
|members of the
Buffalo Ukelele club
Disguised as a beggar, he was able to observe the busy happiness up close. People who seemed content and
happy were quarreling with each other.
At the end of the day, he had lost hope in finding a happy person.
He left the
village and walked past a shack that had nearly fallen down. And, through the window, he saw a man,
with a smile on his face, in front of half a loaf of bread and a jug of water.
What did this man have to be happy about? And so, he knocked on the door.
|Jon & Cathy Rieley-Goddard, co-
pastors at Riverside-Salem
Environmental Chapel in
The next day, the king, in disguise, went back to visit the man, who, once again, appeared happy and read to eat a full loaf of bread and a little wine. The man invited the king in, saying that “A guest is always a blessing. Come in and share what I have.”
|Sister Eileen O’Connor & friends|
The king asked the man how he came by that lovely meal, and the man said that he carried water for people all day, since he could no longer repair shoes.
|Sue Tannehill shares a story|
The man also said, after being asked, that, since he could no longer carry water for people, he earned enough money for his food by helping the wood gatherers.
and he went to the man’s house. He saw that the man had a bunch of grapes, a
full loaf of bread, and a full bottle of wine. He knocked on the door.
is always a blessing. Come in and share what I have.
said, I saw the notice. How did you come by all of this?
well, it’s true. I stood there all day as a guard. At the end of the day, I asked
for my wages.
|choir sings songs about empowerment|
He said that I wouldn’t get paid for a month, and I didn’t know
what to do. I walked past a pawn shop and I thought, I have a silver sword. I’ll
take that sword and pawn it so that I could have money to live on for a month.
I’m carving my wooden blade so that, when I put it into the scabbard, no one
while that cobbler/wood gatherer was standing on guard, the head of the guard threw
a beggar at the man’s feet and said, “This man was caught stealing and the king
orders you to cut off his head!”
guilty, let me cut off his head with one blow. But, if he is innocent, let the
sword be turned to wood!”
and said, “Do you know who I am?”
who I am?
gatherer/ guard looked at him and he saw the worried lines in his face.
believe that you’ve been my guest at dinner these last few nights.
king, and now I’d like you to sit at my table for the rest of your life because
I know that you have the secret of happiness in you, and I want you to share it