Hello to you. How are you? I am still waking up as I write to you at 8:07 am my time. I have a goal today of sitting down and writing a couple of real letters. Over the holidays I got really lazy about it and my mailbox empty of letters from my Mom gives testimony to that! Sigh.
We spent most of yesterday with Kyle’s parents as they are gutting out their guesthouse for renovations and needed some help. Kyle and his Dad worked most of the day and Kyle really enjoyed himself – made him feel really useful to do work like that. I spent time with his Mom. For lunch she had wanted to pick up some barbecue from a place called Brazos that is next to the little racetrack in Cresson. They were closed so we went over to the Subway instead. Up until Beth started her diet, she and Cole had been going there almost everyday. Well one of the folks working their, Gail, recognized Beth right away and even remembered their sandwiches! I asked Gail how her holidays had gone and she said horrible. She had lost her brother, a niece had been in a car accident and died and another family member was currently in the ICU! I took her hand and felt like crying as I told her I was glad I asked so I could pray for her and her family. (If you happen to visit this Subway and Gail is there, give her some love!)
I’m not telling you about this exchange to “toot my horn” but as a reminder to anyone who might read this that people like Gail are well people too. So often in our fast-paced world we don’t take the time to find out the names of the people who provide us services, ask about how they are doing….even to just take the time to say thank you properly. I’m sharing this as a reminder to treat others as you would want to be treated, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Speaking of doing unto others…..
Beth shared a story with me about something she had read that happened to one of Donald Trump’s grandchildren. Apparently they were out fishing and a picture was taken with a boat behind them that was flying a Confederate Flag (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ivanka-trumps-vacation-photos-accidentally-include-a-confederate-flag_us_5a452be9e4b0b0e5a7a55119?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009). I told Beth that this was sad to me because they dragged this child into the whole thing. I wish they would leave the children out of these things. I may not have the warmest of regards for the Trump family, but to drag their small children into the grown-up playing field over and over is pretty rotten. I ask anyone guilty of doing this, “would you want this to happen to you and your extended family?” I have negative feelings about the Confederate flag and what it represents, the “iconology” of it (almost idol worship), but my perspective in history is different. There are always two or even more sides to every part of the history we share. With every set of eyes, there is duality of perspective in every single aspect of existence…..even within ourselves!
Here is a link to an interesting article written about the history of the Confederate Flag; it is important when you form perceptions and opinions about things to read and learn as much as you can before fully forming them:
Embattled Banner: The true history of the Confederate flag
By John M. Coski
7/9/2015 • Civil War Times
Luke 6:31New International Version (NIV)
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
I didn’t know back then how symbolic the finding of the matchbook would be. This morning in looking, I can’t find either item but still have the picture:
Though not originally built as a hotel, the Denckla Block became one in 1877 after the Metropolitan Hotel, the city’s only upscale hotel, burned on December 14, 1876. The manager of the Metropolitan, Colonel A. G. DeShon, along with Major John Adams, was instrumental in leasing the Denckla Block as a home for a new hotel, persuading its agents at the time of the need for a grand hotel in the capital city. The new hotel got its name from a Little Rock matron, Mrs. Morehead Wright. When asked by Adams and DeShon to suggest a name, Wright noted that it was a “capital enterprise located in a capital building” in the “capital of the state,” which she hoped would be a “capital success.” Hence, in January 1877, the historic Capital Hotel opened with a new, grand interior created to match its grand exterior. The landmark hotel in Little Rock hosted many political and historic personages, including President Ulysses S. Grant. In fact, legend says that the Capital’s unusually large elevator was built to allow Grant to take his horse to his hotel room.
Over the next century, the hotel would change hands several times. It was closed, renovated, and reopened in 1908. For years, the historic Capital Hotel was the center of political activities, as well as social events. During the 1960s and 1970s, however, the entire downtown area of Little Rock declined, and the Capital Hotel fell into disuse and disrepair. In the early 1980s, architect Ed Cromwell, with a group of other investors, began the work of restoring the hotel to its original grandeur. The doors opened once again just before Christmas of 1983.
Capital Hotel, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2009, dates back to 1873.