WHAT IS THE “BEHIND THE SCENES” LINK UP?
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Read more here!
I love a good bench. Ever since (in)RL this past year, listening to Emily Freeman talk about benches as a place to gather a community? It’s kind of been my thing. I love the idea of sitting next to a friend on a bench – not across from one another, separated by a table, but right beside them. The most powerful moments of friendship in my life have come from those times when a friend has chosen to come along side me, to sit and put an arm around my shoulders, to bow low over me in prayer, or simply to kick feet up and settle in for some quality time.
This bench? I don’t think I ever knew it existed in my town. It might be new? Regardless, the only reason I found it on this particular day was because we were downtown for one of the biggest events our town hosts: the Corn Festival. Oh yes. Our main street is closed for the last Saturday in August to celebrate … corn?….with food vendors, artisans, musicians, a mascot named “Corny” (and yes, he is as creepy as his name. Mascots are scary. Scarecrow mascots are terrifying.), and several thousand visitors to our small town.
If you were to peer to the left of this photo, you would see my daughter sitting on a haybale with her grandma, listening to music.
Jimmy Buffet music.
At 8:30 in the morning.
It makes sense, somehow, when you’re there at 7:30 a.m. and have already had a lemonade and a pumpkin whoopie pie. Don’t ask me how steel drums fit in, but when your toddler likes it enough to sit and listen…and cheer “salt, salt salt” with the crowd, you go with it. I suppose there was a little community building there, of music lovers taking a break from their shopping & eating to just enjoy a moment in the sun.