Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fun: Birthday Party, Circus Parade, Cemetery Visit

Fun is where you find it, or create it, and it never hurts to take a unique look at your area to find some things going on that may be a little bit out of the normal array of events.  I recently remembered three such venues I used to introduce a new acquaintance to our area.  She had moved to Little Rock from New York City.

Summer arrived and she wanted to know more about Little Rock, Arkansas.  I did my best to accommodate her interest.  Arkansas was admitted to the Union as a State June 15, 1836, as the 25th state.  That summer we attended the Arkansas Birthday Party at the state capitol.  We enjoyed the festivities of music and speeches, a little Arkansas history lesson, and looking around the building while tasting a bit of birthday cake.  We had a lot of fun, enhanced of course by the company of a like-minded companion.

Another day the circus was coming to town.  We read in the paper of the circus arrival schedule, and we joined a small group meeting the train in North Little Rock.  The animals were off-loaded from the trains, then formed into a parade to make its way to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.  We watched only the beginning, and again had a lot of fun with our own commentary of the situation.

A favorite location in Little Rock is the Mount Holly Cemetery, and I've have enjoyed many visits there over the years.  So the two of us spent several hours there one day while perusing the stones and markers and contemplating possible histories of the residents therein.  We left for a little lunch, then returned to continue looking at monuments and special historical statues.  We shared a skewed look at life and the conversation was a lot of fun.

When you're bored, I suggest you take a new look at your old surroundings to see what can offer up a new visit or unique view of life.  She and I did a lot of the more common activities that friends enjoy, but sometimes something different can introduce a new outlook on fun.  She and I were friends for many years until her husband's work necessitated a move, first to Ohio then on to Atlanta.  But good memories remain.

What do you like to do that may be just a little bit different to make life interesting?  I'd love to know.

4 comments:

  1. Speaking of birthdays, happy birthday to you!

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    1. Thank you very much. I do appreciate the well wishes. - Karen

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  2. It is all too easy to become complacent about our immediate surroundings. I agree, it is often worth taking another look.

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    1. Tracey, you certainly take some interesting excursions around your area and I love to see what you have to say and the photos you share. Thank you for that.

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