Mayberry 2016

Have you ever thought Mayberry, the small town where everyone knew, cared for,  and supported each other? But that was just a TV show, right? Wrong! It is taking place in NY right now! I saw the proof today.

A couple passing through town had set up a tour through Heartfelt weeks ago, very careful of their “window,” as they were driving coast to coast. We chatted about where they lived. She was originally from a different continent and he from the middle of the US. They were transplanted to NY because of a job transfer many years ago (they thought they’d hate it with winters lasting from October through April but discovered otherwise). He had taken a job on the west coast, thinking they would move there. Since the neighborhood in NY was so amazing, they opted for him to “try it out” in a apartment for a while. 15 months later, he’s heading home.

Their little Mayberry in NY is actually  a group of new builds, built in the shotgun style, commonly found in New Orleans, complete with a front porch. They explained that their porch is the meeting ground of the block. One person stops to sit a spell, then another comes along, and another. Soon they have 15+ people on their porch and people have brought food and drink!

When it’s time for this gentleman to head for bed, he bids farewell…and everyone stays.  The lovely lady pulled out her phone and found a picture. Evidently while on this trip, the neighborhood discovered that they were all on their own porches, not one “hanging out.” One of the neighbors headed to their house, passing another. “I’m going to go sit on their porch and see what happens.” The lady he had passed said,”I’ll grab my husband and join you!” 14 people later, they sent the picture to the couple on tour of their porch filled with people–and they weren’t home!!!

2016 Mayberry

Did I mention they extended the “Mayberriness” to all at Heartfelt? They pleaded,”If ANY of you come to NY, look us up! Please! We will take you to Niagara Falls and you can sit on our porch…with the rest of the neighborhood.”

Hebrews 10:25 “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Even when both are thousands of miles from where they came, they found home. I think there is a lesson in there somewhere. Sooo…what time shall I meet you in NY? Dibs on the porch swing!

Until tomorrow, oops! Monday!: Blessings!

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