Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Small town USA

A few weeks ago, we drove through a very small midwest town. It was so small that it is completely forgettable - except for the scene at the center of town. And that was so unique that I can't get it out of my mind.

Questions spring up and remain unanswered. Scenarios form and fade, possiblities (and impossibilities!) nag at the edges of my mind.

So, I'll set the scene for you... and maybe you can figure it out.

Benches - for extra seating? for friends and family?

A manhole cover... don't those usually lead to city sewers?

Restricted parking sign... is this area only for the people who live in the building? Is everyone else unwelcome here?

The blue trash container... why is that there?

Yes, there is one more piece to the puzzle. It's the centerpeice of the scene... the part that makes the picture impossible, unthinkable, unforgettable!

Ok, I won't keep you in suspense. Here it is... downtown, small town, mid-America.

Do you have any answers?

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19


Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the "stops" we've become familiar with when traveling from destination to destination. It's the little things that are important and appreciated in life, especially with young children! c. nottingham

Anonymous said...

What a piece of small town life. I'm glad you captured it on film, as it would be difficult to aptly describe it otherwise.It is interesting but I'm so glad I don't live there. Mom

Marcie said...

So funny!! In the event of an economic meltdown... these folks are prepared. Even prepared enough to add benches for when the whole town comes to use their "facility". Seriously, that is gross... can you imagine the smell when someone sits down there?