There’s something about those old alley doors that intrigue me, and many photographers for that matter. The history, the patina, the sense of nostalgia, and the mystery of their past, all combine to make for an interesting photograph.
The shot today was taken this morning while walking to get a coffee downtown. Our town has one of the oldest, and largest, historical areas in the state of Texas. Many of the buildings downtown are well over a hundred years old. Of course, that’s nothing compared to some I’ve seen in the Northeast built in the 1600s, but still, compared to our surroundings, they’re ‘historical’.
I often wonder who used those doors in the past and about the history they could tell. I do know, the ability for people to come and go without being seen is one of the primary advantages for some of the lawyers in town. This door is one of those. In the past, I’m sure the alley doors made for easy access from one’s horse & buggy.
So much of what we see around Dallas are new condominiums, homes all built with brick that look just like the one next door, and concrete streets everywhere. These historical homes and buildings keep us grounded a bit and the older I get the more I appreciate them. I especially appreciate our old home which has doubled in value since we purchased it eight years ago too!
Some people here love the history of the town so much they join the historical society. We enjoy lovingly referring to them as the ‘hysterical society’ because, sometimes, a few of them get pretty worked up about the color someone decided to paint their old home or a fence they shouldn’t have put up.
I guess the greatest part of living downtown in the historical area, isn’t the buildings or the unique homes, but it’s the people. We’ve nicknamed our neighborhood, ‘Mayberry’, from the Andy Griffith Show. Neighbors who always wave and who you can count on to help in a pinch, who look after the widows, and who care about you, is rare these days.
Whether you live in a ‘Mayberry’ type of neighborhood or the big city, it’s really all about community. Caring for our neighbor isn’t always easy, in fact, it may mean changing our plans and taking some time we had set aside to spend elsewhere to help a neighbor out. But, if we can be that person who is the first to wave, the one who comes over to help when needed, and the one who genuinely cares when life brings challenges, then we are community, and we will make a difference. Even if it’s something seemingly small to us, it may be something big to them, and, who knows, we could make their day a little brighter.
I'm still working at being a good neighbor but, one day at time, as I continue to practise loving my neighbor, I can help create community right where I am. So, today, here's to community and helping our neighbors (even if it may hurt me a little bit...). Wishing you a blessed and relaxing weekend ahead my friends..!