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Midnight in Paris

I'd seen the trailer for the movie "Midnight in Paris".  It appealed to me, especially since I'm such a romantic.  And I've so many wonderful memories since Greg and I have visited Paris.

Take a look ...

So yesterday I decided to go to the movies by myself.  Harkins Theaters, here I come ...

I found myself seated next to a retired teacher who also came alone.  :)

The movie is about a writer who is in Paris with his fiance and her parents.  Gil (the writer) is played by Owen Wilson.  He is clearly different from his fiance in his desires and personality.  He is a romantic at heart and loves to walk the streets of Paris.  In the process, he is transported back to Paris in the 1920's where he meets many of his literary heroes like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso.

I remember walking the streets of Paris with Greg.  It was such fun to sip a cup of coffee in a cafe along the Champs-Elysees, purchasing a baguette and placing it under my arm, taking the train to Giverney to see Monet's home and gardens.

I have a question for you:

What would you do if you could go back in time and live in a world that you thought was better than your own?

I am a romantic.  I have a tendency to daydream.  At times, I long for a time when life wasn't so complicated; a time when people sat and had coffee and ...were not in a rush.

Technology has changed things; some good and some not so good.  I feel sad when I see some parents pick up their child who has spent most of the day at school with a cell phone in their ear.  Or they may be so busy texting that they miss the cries of their child longing to be hugged.  Btw, not all the parents are like this (just a few).

It seems that everyone is too busy today.  With long to-do lists, are we missing out on the NOW?

Of course, there are things that are necessary but over commitment is something I see all too often.  

This morning Greg and I sat outside at 5 am and watched the bunnies and quail interacting in the backyard as we sipped our morning coffee.  Being quiet and being in the NOW; how quaint.

So are you longing for a time when life was more simple?

Or will you consider taking a look at how you spend your time in this life NOW?  

It's something to think about ...

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. The movie sounds good and the thoughts you have are interesting. I think we need to slow down some and enjoy what we have instead of always planning for the future. We try, but don't always succeed. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I have thought about this a lot lately - I would NOT go back in time and change a thing or live in another time. I need to bloom exactly where I am. I need to stay in the present and live fully in God's grace, peace, joy and love! That is my aim - daily Luke 9:23 and complete reliance on Him to fill me up to overflowing with romance!!! His for me!

    Love you

  3. Interesting post, Debbie. I do
    think a lot about how simple
    life was even 15 or 20 years
    ago when my guys were small.
    Everybody everywhere seems to
    always be rushing to the next
    thing. Reminds me of my son's
    obsessive compulsive disorder.
    I make a point to set aside
    times to just be still and
    meditate on the Word a few
    times a day. It helps so much.
    The movie sounds good and I
    am an incurable romantic too
    so I guess I'd enjoy it.

  4. Definitely Debbie! Great post! Thank you for your comments about Baby Ariella, I've attached a link to her Caring Bridge website so you can keep up on her progress. God is slowly healing her & we are standing in Faith for a complete recovery!


  5. Oh Debbie, I love the idea of watching bunnies play at 5am with my sweetheart. That sounds so peaceful. Right now I feel like I am running from one place to another (with my parents), so any other time seems peaceful to me. Isn't the grass always greener on the other side?

    No matter what time I think might have been sweeter, I'm sure there were hurdles for people to overcome. I can't think of a time other than now.

    Love & hugs to you!

  6. Absolutely! When I slow down and sincerely enjoy and appreciate life's small simple treasures, I have so much appreciation for the beauty and special relationships surrounding me, and can enjoy being exactly where I am! :)
    Enjoy a blessed weekend! :)

  7. I have always wished we could time travel and experience the lives we only get to read about in history books

  8. Our lives are so fast paced these days that I think that's why I love to go camping! It is "outside", hearing nature and just enjoying the peacefulness it offers! I love it!


  9. I'm a romantic too; and I'd love to re-visit the placesm painted by Normal Rockwell - if even they exist!

    I love porches & sidewalks & tree-lined streets. I love corner lemonade stands & the sound of church bells. I love penny candy & paper dolls.

    That said, I love making for simpler times right now. It's easier than I had imagined ...


  10. I love that you just headed out and went to the movie. But I especially love you and Greg watching the bunnies in the early morning with your coffee. A beautiful picture Debbie. Those simple things are the real treasures, aren't they?


  11. I like to read that you and Greg got up early and enjoyed your coffee and each other with the stillness of the morning.
    It seems so many are running fast to get to where they want to be, and are missing LIFE along the way!
    Hope you have a nice afternoon and a blessed week, Debbie.


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