Shopping and Eating

I arrived early enough so to find an out-of-the-way seat before it got filled by another looking for similar.  The service was typical for Palm Sunday with their extra readings, but the shocker for me was their music.  For years and years Palm Sunday’s music has always been pretty much standard, so listening to obscure and syncopated music being played on a piano was a bit more than I’d expected.

Whomever is in charge of the music at that church needs to be sat down and chastised for picking hymns that nearly no one in their congregation could comfortably sing, which left the pianist and leader of song creating solos.  Since I was seated around a corner, I couldn’t see if those two performers were young, but I’m pretty sure they were because of the extra frills and spills being played on their piano, and the squeaky “valley girl” voice of the song leader.  Several of the pieces were so difficult that I could even hear her stumbling.  I was so much expecting that tried and true, and all time favorite for Palm Sunday to be played, but it wasn’t on their list. I’m sure you all know it to be, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”  Oh well, times are a-changing, and my experience today was yet another confirmation.

I’m just now wondering if another tradition is also on its way out, which is the dressing up in one’s best for Easter Sunday.  Oh, how the many years I recall men, women, husbands and wives, along with their children being smartly dressed for Easter Sunday services.  Back when I was a child, I remember many of the women and girls trying to out-do each other with their hair and clothing styles.  Of course back then, some of them even wore co-ordinating hats or scarfs, and even gloves. I’m sure they were paying more attention to what others were wearing than their religious service.

My showings in Clear Lake this afternoon went better than I’d expected.  Hopefully the buyer will give me a call soon for a second look before it’s sold to someone else.  The online photos of it certainly doesn’t do that home justice.  Like I said, “Presentation is everything when it comes to getting prospects thru front doors.”

The buyer’s son and I were having quite the time with our laughing.  He possesses one of the most infectious laughs, and of course when he’d say something funny, I’d have to add to it and then made him laugh all the more, which at the end of our circle of laughter, egged the two of us on all the more.  While driving back to my office, I felt fortunate for those belly laughs, along with not being able to recall the last time someone got me to that point of such laughter.  I guess it was the best “medicine” I’d freely taken in a long time.

Just before heading home, I received a call from a client in need of a Notary.  I told him I was one, and the next thing I knew, I was up in the hospital notarizing a document for them.  It wasn’t much of a chore because I’ve known most of that family for a number of years.  I guess I did my good deed for the day and glad of it.  It’s just a reminder for us all that sometimes we have to give even more freely to those in need.

How do you like the photo above which is a perfect snowbank out in front of my office from yesterday’s shoveling?   It’s already getting shorter from today’s thaw.  I don’t even want to remember how many scoops it took to get it that tall.  I’ll be the first to let you all know when Spring does finally arrived.

Wicked little me asked a friend of mine what the two most popular past-times are in today’s America .  She couldn’t guess, so in a resolute voice I answered, “Shopping and eating.”  Unfortunately, she agreed.

Joe Chodur

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