It was one of those weeks, y’all. Every day was packed to the gills, leaving rushed blog tasks for early mornings and late nights. There was little time for blogging, but all week I basked in the blessings that came along. And, there were many.
After two days last weekend of special time with our kids, HH and I took off Monday morning on his motorcycle. A day trip for just the two of us, so our destination was not very far away.
We had planned to see the homes featured in the movie “The Help”, and Monday was a day of perfect weather for the trip. We are not the typical barbeque-ers on Memorial Day, and motorcycle riding is a wonderful time for reflection, thankfulness, and just taking in all God’s creation.
Inhale deeply, breathe, and say “Thank you, Lord, for all this wonder.”
We made our way through Carrollton, Mississippi, by “Celia Foote’s house” in North Carroll County, a huge home on a beautiful, sprawling spread of gently rolling hills.
The closed gate in the driveway provided a “private residence” sign, and the house view was mostly blocked by kudzu-covered trees along the roadside. I’m certain the owners have had their fill of wanderers intruding on their privacy since the movie came to be.
Greenwood was our next stop, only 20 minutes down the road, to lay eyes on more homes featured in the movie.
Minnie’s house was boarded up, and Aibeleen’s house looked empty. We wondered if they were prepped for the movie and then left abandoned. The neighborhood was very small and not as active with people milling around as in the movie.
We traveled across town to the home of Hilly Holbrook , which you may remember as the place where the “terrible-aweful” happened.
You know, the “revenge pie” scene where two-slice Hilly got her due. By the way, I love Sissy Spacek in this movie. Probably her best performance yet, in my view. She was a hoot and a half!
A few blocks over was Elizabeth’s house, where Aibileen cared for “sweet baby girl” and taught her that she is kind, she is smart, and she is important.
It was interesting to see the homes, positioned differently than expected. It’s amazing how different impressions are given due to camera angle. Homes next door can be newer than the era, but you never see that because it’s avoided in all views.
We then rode out of town towards farm country to see the grand plantation used as Skeeter’s house. Not as far from town as you might imagine, on out Money Avenue (fitting name) turned county road something or other, the estate was surrounded by crusty-dry cropland lined with young, thirsty corn. Greenwood needs rain.
At home late that afternoon, we settled in for our evening watching “The Help” to review what we’d seen personally that day.
Follow this link HERE to see more pictures (and of inside the homes) and addresses for your own drive-by tour.
I cried again, just like I do every time I watch “The Help”, which has become a favorite. There is so much to it, so many layers, and it makes me sad and happy all at the same time. Tragedy throughout, but such victory in the end! I love happy endings!
How blessed we are to have men fighting so we can continue to enjoy freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom for opportunity. Freedom to be helpful to others without being “the help”, unless we choose it.
Monday was an emotion-filled start to the week. For the sake of time, I won’t go into detail about each day this week.
Fast forward to this morning. We began with a ladies breakfast event before Sunday School at our church. Up early to prepare, there was no time for writing a blog (again for the third day in a row!), but so, so blessed to be a part of a group of Christian women who love the Lord and love being together in fellowship.
Four young women are headed to Uganda on a mission trip next week, and they were our focus during our time together this morning. Time to pray for them, their safety, and the lives to be impacted through them for Christ. They grew up in this church and were taught and cared for by many of the women who gathered. The next generation beginning to reach out to others. Full circle.
Later, as our preacher began his sermon, I noticed our scripture source was none other than one I’d read this morning before beginning the hustle and bustle of the day, Mark 8:34-38. What a blessing, that God would give me a preview to ponder on these verses before further study during our sermon.
Does God do that with you? HH and I quietly chuckle at times during sermons when the preacher brings up a point that we’d discussed that morning in Sunday School. These things aren’t planned. They just happen because God does it. He gives us repetition to help us learn. Repetition like we see with TV commercials. I’d bet you didn’t know God is in the advertising business. I think He does it to remind us He’s the one in control.
I also think He has a sense of humor and He’s checking to see if we’re paying attention. I love how He does stuff just to tell us He loves us, and to impress upon us that He’s orchestrating everything. Because He is, we’re just not always paying attention to it.
Oh, yes, there is one additional point. I finally got back to some blog business late this afternoon and noticed I’d been featured over at Debbiedoo’s . There were five features from her Dollar Tree Link Party, and the final feature listed was a set of mouse traps made into hooks (by Bohemian Junktion).
The trap on the left – words spoken many times in the movie – the movie on my mind all week, since our touring day on Monday.
Words from “The Help”. Words that make me cry to remember Aibileen speaking them and baby girl Mae Mobley repeating them. And all that these words mean, and the hope they can bring to a little girl starving for love from her mother but getting it from her caretaker who loves her almost like her own.
You is kind.
You is smart.
You is important.
Words that give life. Words spoken to a broken soul. Words we can hear if we listen. It’s the way God feels about us.
And we can hear Him tell us these same words. If we listen.
I hope you had a Spectacular Sunday. I know I did!
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