And You Smile

posted by Sharon May 7, 2013 22 Comments

Not by appointment do we meet delight or joy; they heed not our expectancy; but round some corner of the streets of life they of a sudden greet us with a smile.                                                                                                   — Gerald Massey

Can you think of a time when delight popped into your life and surprised you? This happened to me literally around a street corner on a visit to Greenfield Village in Michigan. You walk into the village and one of the first sights to greet you is a Model T zipping down the road. And you smile!

These cars, built by the Ford company in the early 1900s, still putter along surprisingly well. What’s so much fun is that you can ride in one. A nice “young” man drives, pointing out sights along the way. You pass the horse-drawn cart, the old bus. You relax in the wide, tree-lined lanes. You are transported to another time.

Here’s what Henry Ford said of his great invention, the venerable Model T:

“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”

All that day, as we walked around the village, we would round a corner and see another Model T chugging along. Do you think Henry Ford had any idea that folks would still be enjoying “hours of pleasure” in his Model T a hundred years later?

How about you? What’s popped in to bring you joy lately?

Linking up with Tuesday Muse, Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Tones on Tuesday, and Communal Global.The theme at Texture Tuesday is a photo that pops.

Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Evolve and Mary and with Nancy at A Rural Journal’s texture Silver Lining Playbook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

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Pieni lintu May 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

So lovely!! <3

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Patrice May 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

Love those antique cars

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Sleepshort Thailand May 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

Lovely photos. An intriguing commentary too. Sounds like a great place to visit. Thanks for taking me there.
I was a “Ford” man for many years. Always liked ’em. But I’m much too young for the Model T…….

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Molly May 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

Wow… a bygone era indeed!

Mollyxxx

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin May 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

That’s so cool!! Brought a smile to my face!

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kim May 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

What a fun sight! I love how you processed them to fit the era.

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JoAnn Bayne May 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

What a fun post – great pictures and story too.

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Janine @ Just a Moment May 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

What a great group of photos!

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dalettre May 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

What a wonderful (and fun!) collection, Sharon.

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Evelyn in Oregon May 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I watched a fascinating documentary on Henry Ford on PBS a couple of months back. So interesting! Great images!

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Kim Klassen May 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

such a fabulous spin on POP… wonderful.
xo

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Snap May 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I visited Greenfield village years ago and enjoyed it. Would love to go back. I really enjoyed your post and all the great shots. Thanks for the memories!

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abrianna May 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Very fun.

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Gracie May 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Beautiful post, Sharon. Love your processing, it’s like peeking into the past 🙂

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theartfuldiva May 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I want to go there!

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Nancy May 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Love the black and white images Sharon — they look like they could have been taken 100 years ago. xo

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Allie May 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I loved the story woven inside this post. I could feel the past and present come together with your words. great post & beautiful pictures!

xoxo,
Allie
http://framedbygod.blogspot.com/

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Nicki May 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Love the motion in these shots – how cool would that be to be literally transported back in time. Too neat!

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Ewa "Mom Photographer" May 8, 2013 at 1:11 am

what a fun and great experience!

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jade May 8, 2013 at 6:08 am

Such fun photos! And I love the story along with them.

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Meg May 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

How cool! Looks like a fun place to visit.

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kristeen May 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Coming from TT — I have been wanting to go there — enjoyable to see your photos of your trip – totally fun motion photos — like a lot..
Hugs

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