Everyday, we all experience many patterns in our journey in life. Some patterns lead to places of adventure and discovery. One such place for me is the beautiful town of Wimberley. A little piece of paradise at the scenic Hill Country of Texas.
A month ago, we ventured on a different route on our way back to Houston. I was getting sleepy and needed to stop. I told my wife, “I badly needed some coffee. I wonder if there is a coffee shop somewhere in this town.” Unknowingly, we were in for a treat way better than coffee. Sorry, fellow coffee lovers. It was more invigorating than our caffeine rich favorite beverage.
The Many Patterns Of Life And The Roads We Take
While I was waiting for my brewed coffee, my son together with his mom were busy selecting the flavor of ice cream to eat. My son was being thoughtful and left me a few spoons worth of left overs. As they say, “Sharing is loving.” Ice cream and coffee together? Yum-yum!
My wife decided to check a local jewelry store. While waiting for her, me and my boy decided to find treasures of our own. We found a Gum Ball machine and won a few treats.
Remember those good old days when simple toys like marbles rock our world? Well, this place has lots of them. I was surprised that Lego boy found them fascinating. He got really excited when we bought him 20 pieces of marbles.
Instead of eating the gum balls, we decided to play with them as we do with marbles. After several hits, they broke into pieces.
Some patterns remind us of the good old past. Of the things that brought a smile to our day. Of the things that we shared growing up with our family and friends.
Wimberley has lots of Antique Stores. It gave us an instant trip down memory lane.
This metal knight reminded me of the days when I imagined myself as part of King Arthur’s knights of the round table. Today,that legacy lives on through my son and his generation.
In one of the stores, I heard my wife’s excited voice, “Hey, check out these books. I used to read them as a kid.” I told her, “Me too.” We bought one so we can share the magic of these books to our son. Plus, it will help us recollect the childhood memories we long forgotten every time we read the book with him.
My wife has been collecting tea cups lately. Imagine her joy when she discovered these vintage gems. She got herself two. With a wink she said, “Thanks Hon.”
Some patterns enrich the heart. Patterns that bring us happiness. Patterns that become a part of our most cherished memories. Memories that reminds us of unforgettable times we had with family.
We saw a painted hand on a wall. Its finger was pointing towards a wooden pathway. Below the hand was a description that says, “A little bit of Heaven.”
It did feel like we had a bit of heaven as we enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Cypress Creek. My son gave me a sweet smile as he played with the other kids. He looked so happy. The very same look I used to have when I was his age playing with my siblings and cousins along the creek next to my house. There was even an old Guava tree next to it that I used to climb to pick fruits, rest or dream.
It was getting late. We were having so much fun that we forgot for a moment that we still have to drive a few hours to reach home. I swear, for a second, I thought it was home. Too bad I had to wake up from my day dreaming.
My son asked me, “Dad, can we stay longer? Can we also eat in a restaurant? I am hungry.” Next to the creek was Ino’z. It looked like a perfect spot for a taste bud adventure. We chose a table next to a huge tree. I was literally sitting next to its trunk. While savoring the delicious Tilapia Fajita, I noticed a face on the trunk staring at me. Then I looked around me and saw more faces on the old giant cypress trees. Hmm? Cypress Creek is a mixture of enchantment and mystery as well.
Some patterns inspire us to create and use our God-given talents. Seeing the kids catched fish using materials they saw along the creek, my son also made an improvised fishing pole. He found a broken tree branch and a yarn while I found a metal wire which I shaped into a fish-hook.
Some patterns makes us realize just how lucky we are to be alive. To be given moments that make us see the goodness within us and around us. To be given chances to experience events with the people we care about.
Everyday we will meet many patterns and cross roads. Among the many patterns we will make in this lifetime, we should choose the ones that will bring meaning and joy in our life.
What pattern do you wish to follow today? What pattern did you follow that brought you to your dreams? Whatever they are, cherish them always.
Thank you for being a part of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge titled “Patterns‘ and thank you for sharing your friendship with me day after day. Friendship is another pattern that will give us many reasons to smile and be thankful for.
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