I can't always find the time to get out and just... But my goal is going to be to make the first Friday of each month my First Friday of Firsts day.
Yesterday I managed to do a lot of firsts. My first was to visit an historic home.
The Dibrell House was built in 1892 as a real estate speculation by real estate agent, H.A. Bowman. The Queen Anne style house was bought by Dr. and Mrs. James A. Dibrell Jr. before the house was completed. The Dibrells were able to add their own touches such as parquet floors and walnut woodwork. Dr. Dibrell was a practicing physician and also professor and then dean of what became the University of Arkansas, Medical Department. He was interested innovations and the house became known as the "gadget" house for its modern devices such as doorbells, burglar alarms, and central heating.
By the 1960's the house had been divided into apartments and had undergone several major structural changes. Since then the house has been carefully restored including rebuilding the turret and returning the seven porches to their original appearance. The interior of the house was also fully restored.
I had expected about 15 or 20 people. I had no history of attendance, but this was just what I thought. There must have been almost 200 people there. I was way off in my thinking. The crowd was a much older crowd. The history of the house was very interested.
I was the only African American I saw at the beginning of the tour. On my out, I did see another African American woman. I know to some they say why even mention this. How is that important or relevant. The reality is, for some there is no need to notice or mention, but for me, I need to notice. Is there a need to mention, perhaps not, but I am sharing my thoughts here and those are things I think about. I also know that for others, whether they admit it or not, they notice.
The tour itself was wonderful though. Everyone was very sweet and the tour itself was exceptional and educational. The home was beautiful.
One woman saw I was there alone and started a chit-chat conversation. It was noting of substance, but it was a beautiful picture of Jesus reaching out; reaching out to those who may be considered outsiders.
Jesus died so there would be no outsiders
Spans the Arkansas River between Little Rock’s Riverfest Amphitheater in the River Market District and Verizon Arena in North Little Rock; provides views from atop the 360-foot lift span, 40 feet above the river. The 17-foot-wide structure is the fifth component of the Six Bridges Plan and includes elevators, benches and trash cans. It was constructed originally in 1899 by the Choctaw and Memphis Railroad and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. It carried trains across the Arkansas River until 1984 when its active railroad use ended.
The weather was beautiful and the walk was refreshing. #ThankGodForHealthyChoices