Autumn Trek Pt. 4: Let’s Get There Already!

Yesterday I left you all at the border of Pennsylvania.

I may have mentioned it took me ten hours to get there. Still, I am sure you are wondering how come I could make it in ten hours and it has taken you three days. Well you can only do so much in four hundred words. Besides we have to take some time for the sycamores.

I had to ask an artist on the street what kind of trees they were because I really liked them. He gave me an “Are you entirely stupid?” look. Followed by a “How dare you disturb the heir of Van Gough!” look.  Then an eye roll… a loud sigh…Then he shrugged and turned his back on me like I had disturbed his nap! I think I broke Mr. Crankypants’ concentration.

He was standing right outside of this shop painting the trees. So honestly I thought he would be the best one to ask! How wroooong I was. Still I liked the trees. I finally found out what they were from a shop keeper who didn’t have anger issues.

I shook it off and bought myself a pumpkin coffee at Dunkin Donuts for comfort and went back to the road.

 In a little over an hour I was close to finishing my drive. I still had plenty of daylight so I opted to stop at Mill Grove, the John J. Audubon estate, just ten minutes from my son’s home in Phoenixville.

It was a great little road trip, and only a tank away! I learned that when you are living the slow, constant, and intentional life it’s your moment. Most people aren’t living the experience with you. So when an artist (or a non-artist) gets cranky with you don’t sweat it. He’s just having a moment among the sycamores. So just keep slow. Keep constant. Keep intentional. Maybe someday the rest of the world will join your joy! 

Oh by the way here’s the reason for my trip!

I know, I know he kind of looks like he’s been hanging out with my tree-artist friend. But I was embarrassing him in front of his boss, going all paparazzi on him…sorry Joe! 🙂 

7 thoughts on “Autumn Trek Pt. 4: Let’s Get There Already!

  1. I loved this all and laughed a lot! Can we somehow add humor to the slow, constant, intentional life? God bless you and thank you for taking us on the road with you!

  2. >> “slow, constant, and intentional life ”
    Hhmmmm – the idea of a holiday is growing on me.
    Apart from an hour or more in the early morning, the “slow and intentional” doesn’t normally appeal. I am happiest (and more productive) when I am over-busy . . . . . but I wouldn’t miss my slow and intentional time for anything. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to cope with the rest of the day.

  3. Hi Pastor J,

    I’ve enjoyed going along with you on your journey! Your journey has taken you very close to my neck of the woods! 🙂

    God bless! Continue to enjoy yourself! 🙂


    • That is awesome Paulette! You live in a beautiful part of the country. I lived in Valley Forge for two years and was greatly blessed by it! My son Joe was actually born in Phoenixville Hospital. So his time in PA has sort of been like a home going for him.

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