I realize this reading has deeper, more spiritual meanings but as a woman, wife and mother I revert to the simplest translation.... Martha is doing all the work and Mary is having all the fun. I want to be Mary but find myself in the role of Martha many times. It is a gift to be able to host gracefully, without stress or resentment and still be able to enjoy the "good part". The trick is balancing both.
|Afternoon lobster feast, enjoying the good part!|
We are lucky here because the communal nature of this place spreads the work load. There are definitely times when the hosting duties fall heavily on one person or one family but there are also times when it is spread around and everyone has a chance to entertain and be entertained. It is one of the things about this place that makes it so special. Everyone is willing to pitch in and help with the hosting duties allowing everyone to enjoy good conversation and time together.
|All the Marys and Marthas....Mikes and Jims of the shore.|
It is easy on the host when everyone helps out.
There is never a problem enjoying the "good part" either!