Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

Log trucks and porta-pottys

Many changes are happening in our neighborhood. The local grocery store is busy every day of the week, more vehicles traveling the streets, more people walking their dogs, more new neighbors. I remind myself change can be a good thing.
We knew change was coming because the first sign of new construction is when a truck delivers the porta-pottys. Funny how I always notice the porta-pottys sitting alongside the construction area. Not sure what makes my eyes direct that way each time. Maybe it’s the bright blue or maybe because they always seem to be leaning and I worry about whoever goes inside. 🙂
Our little part of the county is changing big time. Roads are being extended beyond their current path. Log trucks filled with trees that have been cut down to make way for the new roads slowly creep along the street in front of our home. Those trucks seem to moan with each load. Wonder the age of those cut trees? Do the rings truly show the age of a tree?
My husband worries about the animals who have lost their environment due to the clearing of the forest. Even the sounds in the neighborhood are different. Where the sound was once quiet now there are saws, bulldozers, clearing equipment and log trucks.
More homes being built. More people moving into this neighborhood. How will the new neighbors be greeted? With friendliness? Will they be ignored just because they are new? I hope not. We were once the new people in the area and were welcomed with genuine friendliness.
Change in the neighborhood brings more opportunity to show God’s love. Extend a hand to a stranger, give a smile and a “Welcome”, share some local activities with the new folks and yes, pray for them.
Change can be a good thing even if it involves log trucks and porta-pottys. 🙂
Has your neighborhood experienced changes? How have the people dealt with those changes? Look around your area and see how you can show God’s love to others.
Blessings and giggles,

  • Sheila
    Posted at 19:38h, 22 March Reply

    Changes in the neighborhood… actually our neighborhood has some changes recently too. An American couple bought a house near ours and are now in the process of fixing it up, although they will continue to live in the states. But in a town that sees few changes, it’s created quite a stir! And as you said, plenty of opportunities to reach out. We often find ourselves translating for the builders! Glad both our areas will settle back to more quiet soon. But by the look of those logs, you had some big trees around there!!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:56h, 22 March Reply

      Shelia, Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, I will be glad when the quiet returns. The photo is not from our neighborhood although the truck looks very similar. 🙂

  • Quiggle
    Posted at 14:00h, 23 March Reply

    It’s amazing how fast things change. I live about 45 minutes from my hometown since moving back to Indiana. My Dad and I decided to drive through the old neighborhood last weekend, and it’s completely different. Houses torn down. New houses built. A new strip mall. I cried when we saw the old house. My mother grew up there and my parents raised my sister and me there. All of Grandma’s rose bushes were pulled out, and they have this big, ugly fence going around the place. It broke my heart a little. Things are always changing, but that’s sometimes a good thing.
    My new neighborhood also has construction. There is a sub division and some town houses being built around the corner. Like you said, it’s a good opportunity to reach out.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:46h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I am amazed at all the changes in our community.

  • msw blog
    Posted at 02:01h, 03 April Reply

    One thing we can count on is change. I think you and your readers might enjoy this post

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 23:30h, 03 April Reply

    Sounds like where I live. Not my neighborhood, but the area around it is having necessary growing pains. A small black bear has been seen in various locations (particularly backyards of surrounding neighborhoods) trying to eat bird seed as it has been displaced due to the growth. All of us neighbors have pulled together to help get this bear humanely captured and place back in its natural habitat. Hard to believe this little bear is uniting our little community!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:55h, 03 April Reply

      A bear! Wow!!! Hope someone takes photos. 🙂 Thanks for commenting on my blog. 🙂

  • Kristi Ann
    Posted at 19:22h, 04 April Reply

    My late daddy who died in 2003 used to be a Lumberman in Sonoma County California from the late 1950s to the early 1960s!!
    God Bless All my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus ( Yeshua ) and Your Families and Friends!!
    Love <3 Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everyone, YSIC \o/
    Kristi Ann

  • in567
    Posted at 04:32h, 09 April Reply

    Porta-pottys, such a relief when needed. Love the ones that come with a mirror and hand sanitizer.

  • America On Coffee
    Posted at 03:03h, 10 May Reply

    I really love nature and dislike too much urbanization whuch us now high-tech construction. Poor creatures invaded by hi-tec! 🙁

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 21:40h, 16 May Reply

    You make me smile and giggle every time I visit, Mimi. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories!! 😊

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