It was very interesting to go to Dixon Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas as an adult. Wow has it changed and grown….it was the “it” place the last 40 years. Everything from local artisans to restaurants, to bars with music, to the University Bookshop once upon a time. The University of Arkansas is next to this historic street and the businesses have capitalized on building restaurants and bars and arts opportunities up and down it. The Walton Family has created an artist haven there as well as the fine Walton Arts Foundation, a theatre for venues such as violinist as well as art showings. Beautiful building.
When I was in Fayetteville as a student I was more the geek girl than party one. Drinking or partying was and continues to be pretty darn foreign to me, I was more the babysitting, youth directing type. I still am, we’re more likely to be the children keeper when folks go out than to go out to something with a group. My friends and I went to a dualing piano bar last night….my gosh was it crowded. I think people watching was as much as a show to me as the show. I kept thinking “you gotta be kidding me as single 45+ women and men were out trying to find each other at such a place.” The others were generally 21-35 and coupled. My friends are in the 35 range, and of course were with their spouses. As I watched others in attendance, it is amazing what grown people wear, do, and think is appropriate for public consumptions! It was about this time I was reminded again how much I missed Dh. We so rarely are apart. My friends and their husbands were so kind to take me out on the town and I did enjoy hearing the pianos….me and my Coca Cola….but it was like entering a foreign world to go to out with them.
Church was so good before the gathering last night. Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers, AR is an amazing place. The sheer numbers of worshippers is so large for this country girl, but sweeter still is the Spirit of God’s presence when you enter the building…they are growing and serving and I so love visiting there. The lesson was on allowing the Spirit of God to overcome the flesh and its desire for sin and how the Soul is the location of our emotions, feelings, and thoughts and that when we are God centered, His Holy Spirit is where our actions and thoughts eminate from, and is in correct order. When we are outside in, its our flesh that dominates us.
Great illustration of how we directly are in a choice of what and who do we listen to and what we allow direct our lives. Talk about an object lesson when we went out later.
The trip to the dueling pianos simply solidified the lesson for me. While I loved that I got dress up and be with grown persons visiting my dear friends, and their absolute kindess to take the country girl to a performance she would enjoy. I once again learned why it is that I generally choose not to be near such activities…..for just wading through the area where activities I don’t participate in on Saturday nights, reminded me that the world is going much further in their activities than I am willing to go on Saturday nights. It made me smile to myself that a “wild night” in Decatur means we grilled shrimp instead of steak or chicken and we stay up until 11 instead of 9:30 on a Church night…..oh the wild life Dh and I live!
Here are a few snaps….before the show…