saying grace

carrotsthere were a number of posts recently about saying grace, for example at maggi dawn’s blog. “why say grace in a world without god?” seemed to be one of the questions. also, “how to say grace without thanking god?”

for today, i will spare you my grumblings about interpretations of who or what god is. i’m just going to give a few gratitudes for the humble carrot i had in my soup today:

  • to the cashier who rung it in
  • to my daughter who carried it up the stairs
  • to the many people who built the fridge where it cooled – or rather, the fridges – three or four at least, i’m sure
  • to the grocery clerk who put it on display
  • to the grocery clerk’s teacher who taught her how to handle food safely
  • to the truck drivers who carted my carrot all over the place
  • to the friendly waitress who kept the truck driver supplied with coffee
  • to the factory worker who made the cellophane bag for the carrot
  • to the mechanic who fixed the carrot farmer’s tractor
  • to the worms who made good earth for the carrot

all good people (and worms) to say thanks to.

image by color line


  1. Great post. It reminds me of when I was a bit of a religious zealot in my early 20’s and I asked one of my musical heroes I had the honor to meet and get to know a probing question:

    “Dave,” I said, “Do you have faith?” He replied to me: “Damien (he is British so imagine a 30 something rockstar answering with a heavy accent) I have faith that able men built this road we are driving down and soon enough we will get to where we mean to go.”

    In a way there is a parallel to having prayer and thankfulness regardless of God and faith as well. It is DEFINITELY a good practice to be faithful. Ill have to go write a post on why someday!

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  2. A Japanese-American friend told me about a Japanese prayer that her kids like to say, Ita Daki Mas. It means, according to her, that we are grateful for all that contributed toward this meal upon our table. From the farmers who grew it, to the workers who picked it, and so on down the line to the cook who prepared it (too often overlooked in one’s desire to thank a diety, in my opinion).

    So now my kids like to say Ita Daki Mas. It sits well with all of us.

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