Hambone

Caroline S. Fairless

Sep/2001, 48 Pages, PAPERBACK

ISBN-13: 9780898693614

In Hambone, Jeremy starts out to tell a simple story--"I want to tell you about my garden and the tomato memorial for Hambone." But in doing this, he tells us much more--about life on a small Vermont farm, about his gruff and loving father, about his big brother who tells him, "Girls plant gardens," about his big sister who understands his dreams, about his mother mysteriously gone to the city, and, finally, about Ramona who seems to be taking his mother's place. At the center of this web of relationships is his love for Hambone, the funniest, most mischievous and cleverest pig a boy ever had.

Love and loss converge on Jeremy when, at breakfast one morning, his father announces, "We're doing Hambone in today and I want you out there." Taking one of his first, halting steps toward growing-up, Jeremy refuses. In the midst of a flawed but loving family Jeremy learns that love forever changes us and endures beyond space and time.

Caroline Fairless is the Director of Children at Worship--Congregations in Bloom, a grass roots organization serving congregations of any denomination or faith. The name says it all: Include your youth in your regular worship and your congregation will bloom. Caroline has served on liturgical design teams for national and diocesan conferences for ten years. She is the former Vicar of Holy Family Church, Half Moon Bay, California. During her seven years of service there, she created a worshiping community that is fully inclusive of its children and youth, and watched that sense of inclusion spill over to all the decision-making bodies of the church. Holy Family has been lifted up as a model for family worship across the country and abroad, and has been featured in diocesan newspapers and Episcopal Life. Caroline's website (www.childrenatworship.org) serves as a meeting place to open up the conversations among congregations around the country who wish to expand their worship services to include children.

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