Friends like Brussel Sprouts

I just found this again after hearing it ages ago. Max Coots was a Unitarian minister so this has made the rounds but doesn’t seem to have hit the mainstream.

Let us give thanks for a bounty of friends.
For generous friends with hearts and smiles as bright as their blossoms;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us that we’ve had them;
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;
For handsome friends who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn;
For plain friends, who, like potatoes, are so good for you;
For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussel Sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes;
For serious friends, as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;
For friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini, and who, like parsnips, can be counted on to see you through the winter;
For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening time;
For young friends, growing as fast as radishes;
For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold us, despite our blights, wilts and witherings;
And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past that have been harvested, but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter;
For this bounty of friends we give thanks.

About Tricia Rose

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2 Responses to Friends like Brussel Sprouts

  1. Stitchfork says:

    Love this – had not read it before. Not a fan of brussel sprouts, but I do act silly at times!
    xo Cathy

  2. Maxabella says:

    I mustn’t be on the right rounds because I hadn’t seen this before. I like reading musings on friendships. I often wonder what kind of friend I am to others. Perhaps all of these types? x

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