“Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Just Thinking….

Today was the final “Lunch in the Park” for the season. This was a pleasant little discovery when we moved here. About once a week or so in the summer, is a BBQ in the park and some sort of musical program. We had intended to go each of the weeks, but you know how it is: out of town, had an appointment, rain, forgot… Anyway, we saw the notice in the paper that today was the last one for 2010. So we worked it into the schedule to attend. What fun!

Central Park is small, but eloquent. On one side is the Romanesque sandstone courthouse with Chief Wapello’s statue atop it. Across the street is a huge Gothic-style cathedral. On another side is the Greek revival style Carnegie library. Yet another building, City Hall, has the somewhat French look of the Louvre. At one end of the park is a pavilion ringed with Greek style columns. Scattered about the park are benches and tables, threaded together with little winding paths.

We decided to visit the library before eating. The library has recently finished some extensive renovation, and we were curious. Nice! And they had several shelves of books for 25c each. Our book-lover’s souls were thrilled! I found two dictionaries (remember? I collect dictionaries), some cookbooks, a biography, and a wood-working book. The Hubs took these back to the truck and I got in line for lunch.

A caterer had set up a tent and had BBQ burgers, brats and dogs. It was our choice, and then we could pile on the extras: sauerkraut, onions, pickles, condiments, etc. Then we chose a bag of chips from the assortment, and chose two cookies. Finally we chose a soda from an iced barrel. Six bucks, and the burger was huge, hand formed, and grilled to perfection.

Today’s music selection was from Jersey Boys. We found a table under a shade tree, prayed, and enjoyed lunch with Frankie Valle! The Four Seasons never sounded better! At noon, the city churches began ringing their bells. The carillons melded with “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and I thought, “No, they don’t, not on a perfect day like this.” It was a wonderful lunch in the park.

Father, thank You for the small joys you bring into our lives. Thank You for the beautiful weather, the good food, and the pleasant time chatting with the Hubs in the shade. Big girls DO cry sometimes, but today You provided so much joy. Thank You for this day of grace. Amen

To God be the Glory…..
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