Sunday, November 10, 2013

It takes all kinds of kinds . . .



Today my husband and I went to Galveston . . . to the Greek Festival held at a Greek Orthodox Church.

And I'm not really sure what came over me either. Maybe it's because I've been sick all week, or I'm having another typhoon menopausal episode, but none the less I broke into tears when I watched a young boy join an older man dancing a traditional Greek dance. I suppose part of it could be that after doing some research on my ancestors I feel such a pull to want to know more about the customs and traditions of my own heritage.

This month I've been sharing through Facebook, my 30 days of gratitude, and today it had everything to do with this festival. Today, day 9 went like this  . . .  "Not just today, but everyday really, I'm thankful to live in a country that holds the kind of diversity in people and cultures and customs carried from generation to generation. I think it's one of the single most unique things about this country. Going way back in our family's history and immigration makes me so much more aware of this . . . different is good and should be celebrated!"

It was simply refreshing to see people celebrating their uniqueness in our society, and inviting the community to be part of it. Because it's this, the all kinds of kinds, that makes this world we live in a more interesting place to be.

We were meant to be different. All kinds of kinds different since the beginning of time.

"Now some point a finger and let ignorance linger
If they'd look in the mirror they'd find.
That ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning
It takes all kinds of kinds." - Lyrics from Miranda Lambert's song - All kinds of kinds

Finally sharing in the fun for Song-ography!

Love, Kim



19 comments:

Leovi said...

I love the color and composition with this great shot of dancers!

Brandi said...

Looks like a great time! My mother-in-law is very into genealogy and has given me some information about my ancestors. It's fascinating!

Tamar SB said...

This was so beautiful, Kim!!! Just gorgeous!

Snap said...

When I lived on the island, this was one of my favorite things to do. The Greek Festival meant Fall had arrived -- the food and the dance! Beautiful post, Kim.

Kelly said...

Oh Kim...first of all...hope you're feeling better and booo to menopause...it's just not right to take a perfectly good woman and make her nuts. But this post speaks volumes at who you are as a person.xo

Nicki said...

You are so right about the vast range of diversity in this country - I get frustrated at times though with a country that assembled pieces from "different" to make a nation how it can still harbors prejudices and discrimination. I guess, unfortunately, that is all part of the growing up process.

Fantastic shot and you are not along with the emotions - sometimes something so tiny, so spontaneous, so natural can bring on the water works for me.

Kathryn said...

I saw when emotion hits just go with it. It makes us who we are and I wouldn't change a thing about you. Gorgeous image.

Jeanne said...

Great shot, and diversity is something to be so grateful for! Isn't menopause wonderful with those unexpected tears?? LOL

Adrienne said...

The song has such a great message - and I love how much diversity there is around us - from insects to ancestry!! Love the vibrant color in your shot!

Sharon said...

Beautiful post, Kim! You write so well about diversity, and the colorful photo of the Greek dancers illustrates perfectly all you say!

Ida said...

Yes this is a very diverse country we live in. It's always fascinating to learn the customs of others. - Your photo is very joyous.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Real women don't have hot flashes, they have power surges!!!

Feel better.

molly said...

Love this image. I bet the Greek festival was fab.

Mollyxxx

Brenda said...

Here's to celebrating the differences! An inspiring post.

Dotti said...

I, too, am grateful for the diversity in our country. It makes life interesting. Now ... if we could just find a way to ensure acceptance ...

A Garden of Threads said...

Wonderful post. Have a blessed week:)

Linda R said...

I always love stopping in here and reading your post. It really does take all kinds. What a boring world we would live in if we were all the same.

Hugs~

Diane said...

Diversity is a very nice thing...tradition is very sweet. I wish growing up I didn't head for the hills when my parents tried teaching us the polka. :/

Gail Dixon said...

Sweet and thoughtful post, Kim. Diversity should be celebrated. We went to a Greek Festival in Dallas several years ago because Constantine something-or-other from American Idol was to perform there. Constantine was a bit of a diva, but the food was excellent!

Btw, going through the Big M myself, so can relate. :/

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