Love is like a pineapple,
Sweet and undefinable.
Piet Hein

Pineapples might be the happiest fruit God ever made.  Unless, of course, you have spent a summer picking them.  If not,  your memories associated with them are certainly nothing short of delightful.  Dole Whips at Disneyland, your last beach vacation, or just picking one up at the grocery store–the wild green stalk sticking up behind the limes in the produce section.

Several years ago, my wife Jenny and I decided that every time we were invited over to a dinner with friends or to a housewarming party we would show up with a pineapple.  We are pretty fun people to have over, but opening the door to us plus a pineapple is a sure win every time.

Besides, free pineapple!

I thought we were starting something new, but soon discovered we were merely continuing a southern tradition rooted in a trend that started years and years ago in Colonial America.

The pineapple, you may know, is the southern symbol of hospitality.  In many parts of the south, people use pineapples in their decorations—especially on their porches—to signify their commitment to the kind, mannerly culture often found in that region of the states.

The pineapple suggests to visitors that they are not only a guest, but a welcomed guest.

The tradition started in Colonial times.  Pineapples are not native to this land.  They had to be shipped in and were quite costly.  If someone paid to have a pineapple at the table you were invited to, it was a gesture of respect and high compliment. Because of their price tag, some hosts who could not afford them would rent a pineapple from a “pineapple-rental business” for the evening, and then return it to be sold to a wealthy customer the following day.

Pineapples were a big deal–they made people feel like a million.  Thus, the pineapple became the symbol of hospitality.  Making someone feel treasured.

At Multiply Goodness we are adopting the pineapple as our symbol of hospitality.  It will be a reminder to go out of our way, incur a cost of time or money, or at the very least go one step more to make someone feel welcome, accepted, and honored to be with us.

So every time you see a pineapple on this site we hope you will know it is our way of saying welcome, dear friend, and please stay awhile…we are honored that you stopped by.

Insight and Inspiration

James 3:17-18
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

The Invitation

 Set the image of a pineapple somewhere in your home and let it be a reminder to go out of your way, incur a cost of time or money, or at the very least go one step more to make someone feel welcome, accepted, and honored to be with you.


David Butler

David Butler

David Butler never thought he would share his thoughts publicly the day he sat down 10 seconds into his very first talk in church. Now he teaches the scriptures full time and enjoys writing and speaking. He loves the scriptures fiercely–particularly the great stories of courage, faith, and deep, deliberate discipleship. Most of his days are spent with Jenny, his adorable wife, and his five spectacular renegade children. Being a dad is a treasure to him–an exhausting and exhilarating adventure. He loves, loves, loves good food and spontaneous ideas. He particularly looks forward to Christmas morning, the Fourth of July, the first day of summer, and every other day of summer. He and his wife and family currently live in Lehi, Utah, but dream of a beach house on the North Shore of Oahu.
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