“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

12.05.2009

December Views 5: I Thought I'd been There Before

But I hadn't.
I would have remembered.

The street was full of red leaves this morning, calling to mind rose petals strewn across a honeymoon bed, or Beth's bedroom, after her death in Little Women, or stairs in made-for-tv romance movies right after she meets he. They said to me drive, truly they did, in a language I understand only for a moment, could read for just a second before the leaves were scattered by the wind of my car. So drive I did, perhaps looking for Christmas but really not too much, driving through the sun across the flat dry land of a Texas just yesterday dancing beneath tiny snowflakes. With no particular place to go, but remembering a place Margo had talked about, about 35 miles up the road, thinking I'd been there, thinking I'd just - oh, I don't know, not thinking anything, just driving and paying attention to speed limits in small towns and soon I was there, and oh! One step in the door and I was asking permission to take pictures, and take pictures I did. Tons of pictures. Tons. I wanted everything, I wanted to move in, I wanted to sit down and cry from sheer girly Christmas-lives-here-and-probably-the-Easter-Bunny-too, fairy lights everywhere happiness. How has it been here all this time and me not know, I wondered, but still not caring, just happy, happy, happy - I couldn't even begin to think of what to buy. I was just running around taking pictures, putting out so much fizzzz and energy at one point that a customer just had to see what I was looking at.


Oh my. Oh me.

Insert sighs right here.

Oh, I am.

The place?
Athens, Texas.
absolutely

17 comments:

  1. I love your pics and your review. Thank you so much. So glad you got out there and got a little inspiration and did a little happy dancing.
    Margo

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  2. Simply MAGIC! So love the softness of those images, texture, and light.

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  3. this post has such a magical feel to it my friend...what a quirky spot...lots of goodies!

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  4. these photos are lovely. and your words are just glorious. you have taken me away for a while and i love it.
    xo

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  5. I've heard of them! I must go there. I've not been here five years yet and haven't gotten around to everything to see. Only been to Canton once. But if you're excited, I know I will be. Once again, your words are just music to my humble ears.
    Brenda

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  6. some people just floor me with their creativity. i love it.

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  7. oh gosh, how lovely and dreamy and festive. If I'm ever in Texas ....
    xoxoxoxo

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  8. "happy, happy happy!" i'm just so happy to hear those words! your pictures always draw me further into your story. i click and look ever so closely to see if my eyes will reveal a secret or discover the answer to the riddle of beauty you set out for us to understand. always beautiful and thrilling :)
    XO

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  9. Looks like a little slice of heaven!

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  10. wow. your stuff is amazing! i love the wish and artist picts. so simple but so much power. thanks for stopping by my corner!

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  11. Oh, beautiful! I am missing TX more than ever now, although I have never been to that area. We took a drive across the state yesterday, into the sharp blue mountains and Bavarian wonderland of Leavenworth, and it had a similar effect on me. So many things to see, all of them stunning... and oh yes, I want them all too. ;)

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  12. Those stockings are simply amazing in their simplicity and goodness!!
    What a fun place to BE and photograph.
    Good find, Debi! xoxo

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  13. i love a find like this and i know that feeling of such excitement and happiness in a place that has so many magical things. thanks for sharing with us.

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  14. What beautiful words....thank you so much for the words and pictures of our shoppe. Hope to see you soon
    Gloria
    The Sweet Pea Collection & Winnie & Tulula's

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  15. Can I insert a few more sighs?
    *siiiiiiiiiigggggggghhhhhh*
    What a wonderful place to find your Christmas spirit. Good thing it is way out of reach for me...I would go flat broke!

    xo

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