Guest Post from Beth of I Didn’t Have My Glasses On, on Unexpected Treasures

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photo credit: icedsoul photography .:teymur madjderey via photopin cc

This NFL season, I noticed something strange.

The Carolina Panthers, apparently, moved the press box farther away from the scoreboard on the other end of Bank of America Stadium. Or, did they move the scoreboard farther away? Whatever. Talk about inconvenience.

I had to squint to see PANTHERS 7, BEARS 0 after a Brandon Lafell touchdown early in their first preseason game. Turns out, I need glassesI’m not alone.

Today’s guest poster, Beth, writes a post called I didn’t have my glasses on, a blurry-eyed look at life as a mom, teacher and cupcake maker. I can relate. Well, mostly to the blurry vision and cupcakes.

She goes through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism. Not bad weapons for battle. 

Today, she tells us about an adventure that fell into her family’s laps for a ‘josh tour’ that yielded unexpected treasures.

And aren’t those the best ones, the unexpected?

So until my new glasses come in at Wal-mart … here’s squinting at you, Beth.

And forgiving you for that ridiculous hockey team you support.

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eli4with time on our hands, and a long, breezy, late fall day ahead, two of my daughters, one of my sons-in-law, and i, headed out for a walk downtown. while browsing through the shops, we found a cool comic book, hand-drawn by a local artist, ‘josh.’ it looked interesting, and wanting to support the art community, we bought it , and without thinking much more about it, continued on around town. when we stopped for coffee, and looked more carefully at the comic book, we discovered that josh had written his own tour of our city on the back page. it took all of 30 seconds for us to decide to follow his map and take ‘josh’s tour’ of the city. while we weren’t dressed for a long hike, it didn’t matter, we had to embrace this adventure that was dropped right into our laps. it was exciting, like discovering a lost treasure map, not knowing where it would lead us, or what, and if, we would find anything, in the end. c10the tour began by leading us just a block off of main street, with a walk through an alley, to look for a group of words written on a graffiti wall, then it was on to a stroll over painted footprints, a walk up an old stairway, over city hall, where we found picnic tables and astro turf, down railroad tracks, across parking structures, behind shops, and lost trails, and on and on – over and under, behind, around, next to, and in all kinds of places we’d been so near, so many times, but had never really seen. c2c3the wind picked up speed, and the temperature took a dip, but time passed quickly, and before we knew it, hours had gone by. we discovered so many hidden details of the city, and little off the beaten path places on this day’s adventure, and it was amazing. at the end of the tour, we found ourselves below a viaduct, covered with artwork, down through some trees, and behind the hospital. we were standing near a little blue tent, tucked away in these quiet woods, on a spot not far from the river, and it looked lived-in and somehow settled. we turned to each other, thinking, this must be where josh lives. c5as we made our way home again, and walked back through the city, tired, but exhilarated, we knew we would never see it in quite the same way again. cHeraclitus quote


      1. I think there was a movie with something like this in it … a romantic comedy, probably (I might have thought it was a war movie or something and watched it by accident).

  1. I subscribe to Beth’s blog, so I started there, only to find out that she’s here and that she reblogged herself there. I feel like I’ve just tried to find the end of a Möbius strip. While on the endless loop, I’ll comment that I liked BOTH of your contributions to this post.

  2. So cool! I love that Josh gave his readers a tour, and I love that you and Beth gave us that same tour through words.
    Somewhat unrelated, I picked up a map in Maine once that said, “Magical Moostery Tour.” It was a hand drawn map with notes, on how to best see moose in the little town we were visiting.
    Needless to say, I went on that tour! I did get one moose as a reward. I’m planning on going back this summer.
    (results not guaranteed)

  3. I love this thought: …in all kinds of places we’d been so near, so many times, but had never really seen.

    It’s amazing how many details escape us in our daily rush. When we slow down and open our eyes, we see things in a whole new light!

    Great guest post, Beth!

    1. tamara, it is ann arbor, michigan, a city about 30 miles outside of detroit, on the southeast side of the state. and to be clear, it is the RED WINGS, that i root for, though eli does not have the same love for the team )

      1. i know, i’m kind of on the down low about the whole thing. and what’s up with the slow pineapple delivery? those grow right on the ground, and i had to climb a tree to get the mango.

      2. There’s a fruit shortage at Coach Daddy … seems the delivery guy thought I ordered Pepperoni, not Pineapple, and Meatloaf, not Mangos.

        Happens all the time.

  4. Sounds like fun to me.
    I wonder what I would find if I wondered off the beaten path in my city… I guess there is only one way to find out. Google Earth here I come! Wait, is that not the right answer?

      1. Hmm, that sounds complicated and time consuming. Also, I don’t exactly live in the nicest section of the nicest town. I don’t like walking around outside, on the weekend, in the middle of the day… But, perhaps I am up for a challenge…

  5. How awesome is that?! What a great idea. My kids are forever doing their own treasure maps of our house and backyard (I blame Jake and the Neverland Pirates). They would just love something like that. Life really is a grand adventure; if we take the time to get off the beaten path every now and then. Thanks for sharing yours!

  6. This sounds like a scene from The Lake House…rom/com with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reaves. That was my favorite scene in the movie when he left a tour map of the city for her to follow. Anyhoo…I would love to find a map like that and discover hidden secrets and treasures. What a great adventure!

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