For Tea Time this month I chose this little gem written by an unknown author. I came across this poem in a collection called “Inspiring Recitations,” published in 1909, and thought its simple and edifying verse was a good reminder for young and old.
‘Twas only a crumb, last evening,
In the form of a kindly word,
That I spoke to a weary companion;
Only he and the dear Lord heard.
‘Twas only a pleasant “Good Morning”
To one whose life is drear,
But he understood its meaning,
And knew that I meant to cheer.
‘Twas only a crumb at noon-day,
In the coin I gave to a child;
But I gave for the sake of Jesus,
And he understood and smiled.
‘Twas only a crumb at evening,
When after a tiresome day
I gave up my seat in a streetcar
To a woman old and gray.
‘Twas only a crumb at nightfall
When instead of the concert hall,
I went to the house of mourning
To comfort and help them all.
They’re only crumbs, but without them
There could not be any bread,
And the bread shall be returned to us,
For so the dear Lord has said.
Recite and/or memorize the poem:
Practice handwriting skills with:
Analyze “Crumbs” using:
Read and Compare Metaphors in Crumbs to:
For a tea time treat make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of 9x5x3 loaf pan.
Combine until crumbly and set aside:
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons firm butter
In large bowl, beat together for 30 seconds:
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons oil (I use coconut)
1 ¼ cups milk
Pour batter into pan. Sprinkle crumb topping on top. Bake for approximately 55-65 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Let it completely cool before slicing.
May you and yours enjoy many crumb filled blessings.