Imagine that . . .

Summer Stage #1, Sunday 29 May 2016–Imagine that you’re a child again. Imagine that you climb into a wardrobe. Imagine that you go through the wardrobe into a jaw-dropping, enchanting new world. You’re in Narnia.

Marty poses with aunt Marie Bender at the Greenwood Retirement Community in Stratford.
Marty poses with aunt Marie Bender at the Greenwood Retirement Community in Stratford.
Yes, a stop at Balzac's for coffee is a must on any visit to Stratford.
Yes, a stop at Balzac’s for coffee is a must on any visit to Stratford.
William Shakespeare peers over the garden planted with flowers mentioned in his plays,
William Shakespeare peers over the garden planted with flowers mentioned in his plays,
Bluebells in the Shakesperean Garden.
Bluebells in the Shakesperean Garden.

Yes Narnia. You’re at the Avon Theatre in Stratford, Ontario watching The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You and your three siblings are in an imaginative  wonderland where in two hours you become king or queen, you solve the struggle of good and evil, you meet the most fantastical creatures, and you get home in time for dinner. My mouth at various scenes hung open in wonderment. Imagine that.

Another world united by quilts, food, and goodwill

It was the 50th annual sale to support the relief and development efforts of Mennonite Central Committee.
We visited the Friday Open House for the an New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, the 50th annual event in support the relief and development efforts of Mennonite Central Committee.

Cookout on the farm where I grew up

Milt enjoys the party, too.
Milt enjoyed the party, too.
French Lilac on the farm where I grew up. My mother planted the bush.
French Lilac on the farm where I grew up. My mother planted the bush.
Sunset on the farm.
Sunset on the farm.

Squint, welcome the magic

An early morning walk in Stratford held the heat at bay. The caressing breeze enveloped face and head. The City of Stratford out-of-doors stages a show all its own– wild life, lush landscaping, river, historic downtown, walkable city. If you squint you’ll glimpse some of the magic you see in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You’ll see scenes of childhood imaginative wonder. Really. Imagine that, the imaginative world of a child can be reignited in an adult. It happened to me. On with the show!

I’ve switched from “TLC” as my blog series title to “Summer Stage.” The former did not capture my imagination. Let’s hope “Summer Stage” takes us into the present bolstered by the best of the past and future. Play on!

May the Lord care for the birds of the field and air

A baby Killdeer in Elkhart.
A baby Killdeer in Elkhart.
A mamma Killdeer on the farm in Ontario, almost 400 miles from Elkhart.
A mama Killdeer on the farm in Ontario, 375 miles from Elkhart.

Imaginatively yours, John

 

7 thoughts on “Imagine that . . .

  1. My holiday weekend has been quiet; thanks for helping me travel to your favorite places and share in your enjoyment of new experiences. Delightful!

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  2. John,

    What a delightful journey down memory lane through these photos. With each one a memory with you and also on some trips with Marty as well. What a pleasure to see scenes from Stratford, Balzac, and the home farm.

    We’re off to the UK on Tuesday next week. I’ll do a warm Guinness and think of you.

    Peace,

    Stanley

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