Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Good Things

I'm feeling quite a bit better today. Not 100% but better. And so I asked Travis if we could meet downtown to walk for a bit. There were things I could do here. Plenty of things. But I stay inside these walls so much when I'm not feeling well that I want to take advantage of every opportunity to get out and walk and explore and just enjoy things. So we did. We all ate PB&J for dinner, it wasn't gourmet but it fit the bill for a really quick bite to eat. And we walked. One day I'm going to take a picture of the 4 churches we have in dtf within a couple of blocks. They're all pretty- beautiful really- I just think it's funny that there are 4 so close together.

This one is a Methodist church. When we got downtown it was 6 o'clock on the dot and the church bells were ringing. I thought "I live in a postcard". I had the biggest, silliest smile on my face.
And this is the church office. It's across the street and is right next door to the Presbyterian church. And this beautiful Victorian style house used to be Lillie Belle's tea room. But now it's Monell's restaurant. They serve country food family style. As in, you get large portions of food and pass it around. I really wanted to go there when it was a tea room. I guess the upside is that I won't know if anything changed if I'm able to go and won't be disappointed. I was feeling pretty tired at this point (I love Tennessee, I just wish my body did) so we decided to head back, but on our way we saw a street performer. Well, it was a guy with a guitar singing next to Mellow Mushroom. We weren't really in a hurry and Chloe wanted to give him some money. So she did and we decided to sit for a bit and listen to him. And I really liked his sound. I mean, guy+guitar, what's not to like? I can't vouch for his lyrics or anything because I only heard him for a bit but you can find him here. And while we were sitting and listening, Halle- sweet, shy Halle- started dancing. She was dancing kind of spazzy with her eyes closed as if she was thinking 'nobody can see me if my eyes are closed' but it was adorable. Then Travis and Chloe joined in. It was sweet and perfect and I thought "I'm just going to enjoy the moments". I don't have lots of times that I feel well. But today I had these moments and they were beautiful. I found myself thanking God for that moment because He gave it to me. Then we had to rush off because Travis is on call and got a page. But I got to drive and I went through two beautiful, historic streets that are off the main street that I love. I enjoyed looking at the homes and the sun started to set. I think that it was just about a perfect evening.


Mary said...

That's wonderful. I mean...how many times do we miss perfect evenings like that even while we are in them? Thanks for stopping to see it all and then for sharing. It's refreshing.

I do hope that "feeling well" becomes a more common scenario for you. I think you've taken a lot of steps in that direction and I know that God will reveal what needs to happen each day.

Christy said...

Mmmm. So nice! Those moments are so easy to miss. They're strung together, connected, by the everyday grind, but when you get to them, it's so worth savoring them.
That church is just gorgeous. Maybe if I worked in an office like that one, I'd be happier :)

Mom said...

You are so lucky to live in a place where you can walk and enjoy the evening. There is no place like that here due to the fear that you will be shot at or mugged at any time. Can't wait to get back to FL.

Ms. Tee said...

Awww, that is so sweet that they just started dancing like that. :) That's one of those memories that will definitely stand the test of time.
And the churches are beautiful - you do live in a postcard. ;)