A guest is a gift from God

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

The people in Georgia could not possibly have been more generous and kinder to Susanna and me. Every encounter seems to lead to an invitation to eat and drink. And I don’t mean the “let’s do lunch” type of invitation. I mean, sit down and eat, now. Even if Susanna and I had just finished a meal, and we explained that we were full, our hosts would be so insistent that we had to make room for another glass of homemade wine or vodka, or another helping of tomatoes, coriander, and cucumbers, or some more bread and cheese. We’d toast, and then toast again (and again . . . ). We joked, laughed, and sometimes cried. We seemed like old, old friends, who when they see each other again, pick up their conversation as smoothly as always. I thank everyone and I hope to be able to reciprocate to them and to others I may meet in the future.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to A guest is a gift from God

  1. Anonymous says:

    Keith, when in Switzerland, I remember seeing in the news a story of an elderly women, found dead in her home, weeks after her death, half eaten by her dogs…
    Ironically, in a society where everyone “has”, the concern for the other is minimal.
    In a society where so few “have”, the concern for the other is strong.
    There is a true beauty in that, isn’t there?

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