Lana Vaughan

The Queen of Questions

Parsnips and Rootabagas

Are they on your shopping list today? Probably not. Not a high demand for them any more. McDonald’s doesn’t deep fry and salt them. KFC hasn’t battered and fried them. Pizza Hut hasn’t smoothered them in cheese. So why am I writing about them today? Good question. Probably the same reason you’re not eating them today. They are not on your menu.

Five years ago I read a book that altered the course of my spiritual journey. Because of the book I took action. I ordered more copies of the book and gave them away to those I loved. I took risks and grew in faith and spirit. I found new friends and opened my heart to them. Some of those friends told me about other books and speakers. Some of those friends took time to sit and talk and talk and talk and really listen.

Listening is becoming a lost art. Time to spend really sitting with a friend is a luxury and one we think we can’t afford. Reading a book not just once but a second or third time…what was the last book you read that was really worth re-reading? (No, really. I’d like to know. That’s how I cut through the good and find the best.)

Parsnips and rootabagas are out of season and out of fashion right now. I’m guessing most of my reader have never tasted either. But friendship and building deep connections are in season and who really cares about fashion anyway. Parsnips and rootabagas are root vegetables. They don’t have the flashiness of summer fruit or the sweetness of watermelon. They have an earthy taste that fills and brings comfort in the cold winter months. Take the time to plant some deep root vegetables today. The kind that will see you through the winter of life.

It’s easy to make new friends. It’s hard to make old ones.

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  1. Lana, I love how you pulled it together at the end…good blog…oh, and the last book that I re-read…The Hobbit. Fixing to read it again, this time with friends…should be fun and I’m pretty sure that I will once again have the Father showing me things about my life in it…

  2. I’ve eaten parsnips and rutabagas and even turnips. One of them (I don’t remember which) my mother craves every now and again, and if I remember right, turnips are pretty tasty raw in slices. I haven’t bought them in a few years. We can’t really grow them here, either. Some silly bug eats our root veggies. The only reason I ever get really sad about that is I miss garden fresh beets. Turnips are fine. Beets are awesome!

    As for this, my friend:

    “Listening is becoming a lost art. Time to spend really sitting with a friend is a luxury and one we think we can’t afford.”

    How does one have friendships without it? I got to spend most of a day last week sitting with one of my oldest friends. There’s something almost cleansing about it and definitely something satisfying. It’s like a hot shower after a hard day’s work or a morning’s perfect cup of coffee, the cup you sit and hold close so that you can deeply inhale its perfume as you sip on it.

  3. Terri York

    “The Friendship Factor” by Alan Loy McGinnis. Have read it many times and it still changes my life; which in turn, changes the lives of others.

  4. “Take the time to plant some deep root vegetables today. The kind that will see you through the winter of life. It’s easy to make new friends. It’s hard to make old ones.”. Well said!

    Stephanie

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