I know this is the month of L-O-V-E… but I’m not talking about THAT kind of passion. I’m talking today about the kind of enthusiasm some people display when they are excited about something.
I am constantly in AWE of people who show no fear or shame in sharing their passion to the outside world. Like the guy in Indiana who so strongly likes model airplanes that he has them mounted on 8 foot poles and plants them in is back yard… which can be seen from the highway. I’ve passed his plane numerous times on my travels from Kentucky to Arkansas, but never stopped to snap a picture for myself.
Or the person in New Jersey who collects plastic rocking horses and fastens them to the chain link fence surrounding their corner property. Again… no photo, but I am sure you can use your imagination.
Or the man in New York so excited about his sewing he proudly shows it off by wearing a colorful creation around town.
(Photo Credit for above by: Brandon Stanton. His book and Facebook blog… Humans of New York is AWESOME!!!)
These creative people are really no different from the families who outrageously decorate for Christmas… except their displays are permanent and personal instead of seasonal.
A few days ago I was traveling around the outskirts of Atlanta and got a wee bit lost. The area was beginning to look a little ‘sketchy’. I called on the all knowing Siri to help me back on the right path. She sent me down a narrow, twisty road in an old neighborhood, which to me looked like a dead end. When I spotted as UPS truck going in the same direction I calmed down. The road was flanked by older bungalows. Each home was unique. Cars and trucks parked on both sides of the street required my full attention so as not to side swipe any of them. All of a sudden the road came to a sharp left, then right, zigzag. As I turned the steering wheel to the left… I slammed on the brakes and stopped right there in the middle of the street. To my left was the most adorable house, fencing all around the property, draped in Mardi Gras Beads!!! I just HAD to snap a photo (causing a traffic jam in the process).
Wow! What passion! What a statement!! Look closely… they are even hanging from the ceiling fans! I don’t know WHAT message the homeowner is trying to convey… but the glittering beads caught my attention and made me smile. The house looks happy. I have to wonder if the people inside are fun loving party goers. One thing’s for sure… it is certainly easy to tell their house apart from all the others when giving directions.
I would love to paint a picture of this house… or at the very least the gate. If I could remember where I was, I would send the family a note with a copy of the painting letting them know how they brightened my day. Sadly… I have no clue where I was.
A wrong turn usually leads to an amazing adventure… and so far I have always found my way home 🙂
What is YOUR passion?? Do you share it with the public somehow?