I visited the quaint town of Marietta.
was so lovely.
Quaint little shoppes
with names like Lizards and Lollipops
where hubby and I giggled over stuffed pink owls
and old-fashioned toys,
and shared our excitement
for the upcoming birth of our first grandchild
while sipping peach tea
and frozen lemonade.
And I strolled through the most beautiful art museum
where local artisans displayed their heart and passion and craft
with the only criterion for this annual Metro Montage juried exhibition
being American citizenship,
but where I saw art that touched my heart even deeper
than the beautiful Monets
I had the privilege of viewing
at the Atlanta High Museum of Art only the day before.
The antique shoppes drew me in
with their charm and smell and nostalgia.
And we traversed the railroad track
envisioning the hustle and bustle
of the train station
that once was
where kisses and hugs
and waves goodbye
were followed by tears of joy and sorrow,
and dreams were created and shattered.
But the things that drew me in most
were the alley ways
where real life
Where shoppe owners
and restaurant chefs
and museum directors
do what they need to do
so we can enjoy
the things they have to share.
It’s that “in-between stuff”
that always draws me in.
The lives, the stories,
the struggles, the triumphs.
The day-to-day moments
that make it all real,
that make it all charming,
that make it all worth cherishing.
The in between alleys
that create our lives.
Cheers & Hugs,