Well, last time I ended with the sad story of our nostalgic theater's demise, so let's do some What's Still Here, ok?
See this photo?
Think it was taken in the 1920's? Wrong. That picture was snapped only last week!
Yep, just another meeting of that car cruise gang over in our former town and I'll tell ya-- my heart goes all pitter-patter simply knowing some folks in 2019 still enjoy this stuff.
I've never even attended those weekly vintage car shows, but I'm thrilled with the thought that they take place in my lifetime.
Vintage car cruises. They're not just about cars--no!
They whisk us back in Time, reminding us when things were built beautifully and to last. They tickle our artistic brains with pleasing colors, textures, and imagined street pictures of when these cars were everywhere. You know, with people upon sidewalks dressed in well-made, classic-styled suits, dresses and hairstyles showing effort and care.
They remind us that slowing-down, placing discipline, excellence, into Life's daily details, matter. Why race through Life without paying attention until it's all over--and too late?
Well, don't get me started. ツ
And yes, we've lost that small vintage theater, but also in our former town, there's still this huge, 1920's gorgeous one.
Shortly after we moved to New York in 1993, restoration began by volunteers using donations. To this day the theater is used for community events, concerts (elegant and otherwise), silent movies while the old Wurlitzer organ plays, children's summer movies, well-known comedians and stars and more.
Oh, the details!
Even the lobby is special, reminiscent of those days when folks meant what they created to outlast them, so they took their time and did not just rush to reach a wild quota.
Usually in this blog I teach that we should look forward in joy to what God will do and yes! I still believe that, of course.
But every once in awhile? It's good to glance behind at the Past and carry back and put into practice any of the rich lessons (graciousness, patience, contentment, forgiveness, love) we can from back in the days when the Bible seemed, at least to many, a little closer to the heart.
May we often remind ourselves of what God says truly matters.
We each leave behind a legacy--that's unavoidable. What is avoidable, though, is leaving a sloppy, oh-hum one.
Be the person who brings graciousness back--please! ツ
The older I become, the more I'm learning to appreciate what I have while I still have it.
Made a few tiny changes around my house--
Brought down the rooster from the top of our cabinets.
Moved the plates here rather than beside the hutch where I had tons of plates (can you say, 'overkill'?). Had only meant to move this for 6 years or so!
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15