Sunday, May 22, 2016

366 Project - Day 143 - "Abstract (Looking for Jesus)"

May 22, 2016 - "Abstract (Looking for Jesus)"

We're spending this morning with our wonderful friends Kristin and Lenny, wandering around The Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut.

My mission is to find "freaky religious stuff" to add to my collection. This is pretty much my standard mission at every flea market, thrift store, tag/garage/yard sale, etc. that I come across.

As it happens - within about the first 10 or 15 minutes of us being there - I find a vendor who has a wonderful selection of antique Catholic items - from saint statues to wall crucifixes to Blessed Virgin Mary outdoor grotto statues. I find what I'm REALLY looking for though - a beautiful two-foot-tall antique statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I had to buy it... and the vendors were a couple of wonderful ladies who seemed genuinely happy that I was so drawn to that particular statue. I ended up having a short chat with them about my special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was if it was all "meant to be". They carefully wrapped up the statue and put it aside for me to pick up on my way out later.

We spent the rest of the morning visiting the food vendors and wandering around trying to find the ugliest objects we could possibly find... as well as trying to figure out who the baseball player was that had a candy bar named after him back in the 70s or 80s. Lenny finally figured it out - it was none other than "Mr. October" himself, Reggie Jackson.

Finding the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue was a wonderful thing - but what really made the day special was being able to spend it with people we care about very much... friends who aren't just "friends" - they truly have become family to us.

Well THAT and the abso-freakin'-lutely amazing fresh mini-donuts they sell there! Those made the day pretty damn special too!


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P.S. - In case you're wondering what the heck today's photo has to do with any of this, it's a shot of the side of one of the food vendor booths at the flea market. I think this was an Italian Ice vendor.

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