Sunday, August 26, 2007

Attractive Drabness

Dear Pilgrim Pals:

Here's something I wrote a couple of years ago and recently discovered it. It was posted on PILGRIM SCRIBBLINGS. I thought it was worth sharing with my PALS. Not sure whether I took the picture or not!

Recently I picked up my spiritual mentor and took him for a drive in the country complete with coffee and a muffin at a nearby Tim Hortons. As we drove we noted the heavy cloud cover and the intermittent patches of blue. It was a cool, September day and my friend commented on the "attractive drabness" of the sky and the surrounding countryside.

We laughed about his choice of words, my friend being the consumate wordsmith...a quality which I value and appreciate. To make matters worse, this gentleman was holding a picture of my wife Carol when he made the "attractive drabness" remark. I told her later and we laughed.

This was an excellent example of an oxymoron... "a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear together".

Attractive - "pleasing in appearance" (Oxford Dictionary)

Drab - "dull and uninteresting" (Oxford Dictionary)

One of my favorite challenges/pastimes is trying to extract a spiritual concept or precept from the everyday occurences in my life. I'm almost at a loss to find "one" for an "attractive drabness". The only one I can come up with is my perception and appreciation of my Amish brethren. There certainly is an attractiveness (to me at least) in their simple, drab appearance. This, by the way, is a compliment to my Amish and Mennonite friends. Black or gray can be very attractive whether it's a dress being worn or a buggy being driven.

Anyhow, I couldn't let the phrase be only a spoken thought. I'm always compelled to write these thing down for what they're worth.

More on this later!

~ David

Note: I took this attractive drab photo of the moon tonight, Sunday, August 26th. It's not stolen, pilfered or borrowed. It's original! I've reformed! - David


hebrews 11:1 said...

Sorry to hear today was a drab day...did you have a nice day of rest? Was the sun shining? It was here!

I'm off to bed now, I've been up late enough! :)

Mrs. Shirkie...if you read this will you mind telling me WHERE you saw the camera for sale? that is, if it's a chain store, or a place I could find locally? The used one sold, which means I'll be buying new, and Future Shop has it for $ the service plan. I had the best salesman, he was my neighbor's friend, and he even gave me his cell#-- no comments on that one, please, my uncle already said something when I mentioned that today, and he was not commenting as that being a good salesman! I was a little embaressed to say the least!

Buenos Noches!
Kali Nichta!
Bon Nuit!

God bless you,
Lil Pilgrim Pal

Julie (aka Little Missionary) said...

Great pictures! And the moon...well I was just outside looking at the beauty - God sure is an artist!

Julie (LM)

Vicki said...

Beautiful night sky and moon, Pilgrim David.

You're a reformed photo pilferer? LOL

susanwalkergirl said...

I remember seeing your first "attractive drabness"...even drabness is the hands of our Lord.

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