I mentioned last week that one way I find relief during this pandemic is to get out and do a little photography. One of the hidden gems in our fair city is a small park in a residential neighborhood. It is private property that the owners allow the public to use. During high school homecoming and prom this place is packed with parents and prom dresses. It used to be the only place in town that the kids would meet in the afternoon prior to homecoming or prom. It was a city cultural event. Now there are several venues in the area where people gather and take photos of the prom participants. Right now the park is closed but a walk around the perimeter fence and the plants growing near the fence provide ample photo opportunities. Like most of my photo walks, I found myself to be the only human in sight. Social distancing is typically not an issue for photographers as most people disappear when the camera comes out.
You can see why this is a favorite gathering place for prom and homecoming photos. You also probably wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that the property owner was a master gardener and plant nursery owner. The family has been in business over 50 years and lives across the street from the park.
Sadly this year there was no prom and this park will remain closed until the sheltering order is lifted. Looking forward to the day when this place will once again hose bridal shoots, homecoming gatherings, and just a place to photograph some of the best flowers in the city.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week’s theme at 4M is bloggers choice, so I get to pick my own theme and the songs that are appropriate for that theme. I think I will pick “Kindness”. One of the good things to come from this pandemic is that people are being kind to one another once again. I must say that during an election year I don’t miss the political attack ads that proliferate our homes almost non-stop for months on end. Being kind and respectful has become a bit of a lost art, yet in 1 Peter 3:15-16 the Bible tells believers, “…set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.” Collossians 4:5-6 reminds us to “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” The Bible is the instruction book on how to do life and if we call ourselves a Christian then we should act like the Scripture instructs us. Peter is saying that God’s child should be acquainted with the Word of God and always be ready to tell someone why they have the hope that comes from inside of them and we should always answer in a manner that is kind and respectful. We are not to be an offense to others nor an embarrassment to our Lord. Collossians affirms the instruction that all of our speech should be with grace. One of the purposes of salt is to improve the taste of something. All of our speech should be pleasant to the ears of the hearer, especially the unbeliever. Even difficult subjects can be approached in such a manner that no one gets angry and a relationship is not ruined. So my theme is be kind to one another. We don’t know the circumstances in which some folks are living and the reasons for their seemingly abrasive actions. We might be the only kindness that they experience during a day. Stay safe, stay sheltered, and stay healthy. Have a blessed week.
And now for the old church hymn that inspired the Kenny Rogers song.