The pineapple: a symbol of hospitality

One of these days when you’re cruising through the Garden District or along St. Charles Avenue without the rush of drop-off or pick-up, you may notice a few pineapples perched atop a residential gate post anchoring someone’s entryway. You’ve probably sipped on a summer Sazarac in someone’s backyard garden listening to water trickle down a pineapple tiered fountain. Maybe you’ve powdered your nose in a room draped in pineapple damask.

So much of New Orleans architecture and design reflects the pineapple’s history of hospitality.

Discovered by American colonists, to procure and present a guest with such rare and exotic fruit became the ultimate symbol of hospitality. A pineapple on one’s front steps also signaled to weary travelers that they were welcome to stay a while, rest and renew.

Parenting is exhausting (and exhilarating). I often feel like a weary traveler wandering aimlessly trying to make my way home from the battlefield. But it is through the help and support of other parents, mostly friends but sometimes strangers, where I have found great solace in a world that can sometimes feel quite desolate.

The nolaParent pineapple is an expression of human warmth and family affection. It is an invitation to visit, stay a while and rest your weary mind. It is a symbol to remind you that you are not alone on this journey.

From one weary soldier to another, welcome to nolaParent.

Written by Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Founder of parenting blog, entrepreneur, underestimated disorganized overachiever.