Everyday People Doing Everyday Things

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By the time we finished setting up our booth in Indianapolis last Thursday, we had missed lunchtime and were very ready for our second meal of the day. At our house, when schedules work better as a two-meal day than a three-meal day, we call our mid to late afternoon meal lupper, figuring that if a mid-morning combination of breakfast and lunch is brunch, then a late afternoon combination of lunch and supper must be lupper. Don’t you agree?

We did not, however, have lupper that day. Donna had seen a brochure in the hotel for Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom located in the nearby suburb of Carmel. With Ray’s mother being English, we are always ready for an English experience. We had tea instead of lupper that afternoon.

Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom
Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom

Owner Tina, who really is from England, seated us.

At Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom
Inside Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom

When I told Tina that Ray’s mother was from Bristol, England, and inquired about where she grew up, she told us that she was from Derbyshire and that her recipes came from her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Every bite was scrumptious and the tea was marvelous. I have had and made a lot of English tea in the last twenty years, but I believe my first cup of tea at Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom — Lady Grey with milk and raw sugar — was the very best I have ever tasted. I’m looking forward to trying to reproduce it at home very soon.

The village of Carmel was inviting, and the rain stopped long enough for us to take a short walk downtown. I was intrigued by its many bronze statues of people doing everyday things. I have since learned that American sculptor Seward Johnson (born in 1930) created them. They were installed between 2005 and 2012.

This statue called "Who's in Charge?" stands outside the tearoom.
This statue called “Who’s in Charge?” stands outside the tearoom.
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This shopper is titled “Holding Out.”
To keep from being accused of counterfeiting, Johnson put his own image on the money in the case beside the violinist in "Sidewalk Concert."
To keep from being accused of counterfeiting, Johnson put his own image on the money in the case beside the violinist in “Sidewalk Concert.”
A businessman reads USA Today in "Confirming Predictions."
A businessman reads USA Today in “Confirming Predictions.”
Daddy and daughter enjoy her "First Ride."
Daddy and daughter enjoy her “First Ride.”
This security guard is saying "Oh, it's you. Come on in."
This security guard is saying “Oh, it’s you. Come on in.”
"One Man's Search"
“One Man’s Search”
This close-up of "One Man's Search" reveals the artist's attention to detail.
This close-up of “One Man’s Search” reveals the artist’s attention to detail.
Speaking of detail, this dog that is an "Ambassador of the Street" is eating sculpted dog biscuits off the sidewalk.
Speaking of detail, this dog that is an “Ambassador of the Street” is eating sculpted dog biscuits off the sidewalk.
This little girl is saying, "There, now you can grow."
This little girl is saying, “There, now you can grow.”

Most of the time everyday people do everyday things. Christians have the opportunity to do everyday things in the name of Jesus and with gratitude. And they have the opportunity to teach their children to do the same.

Whatever you do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:17

 

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  1. These statues are the coolest thing ever! What a marvelous concept, to simply capture and display everyday people doing everyday things. I would love to see these someday!

    • The artist makes up to seven of each one. This town bought them but other towns display them temporarily. One of my friends told me that her town had had them on display for a limited time, so maybe you can find them somewhere else besides Carmel, Indiana.