Life is full of surprises.  Some of them are good and some of them are not so good, but they are all there to teach us a lesson I think.  At any rate, as we moved on toward our ultimate goal we came into the town of Stonewall.  Stonewall greeted us right away with an awesome photo op, so I thought we had better take our time and drive a little slowly.  You never know what might be around that next corner.

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We drove through the downtown, which is very small and came to a park like area.  (After we had to turn around in the NO Trespassing area of course!!).  We parked the truck and we saw a restaurant.  Now whether it was still operational I have no idea, however the side and back yard had a really cool sidewalk area that was just begging to be walked down.  Of course we had to take a peek.  Around the back this is what we found:

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It was obviously a very large factory in it’s day, but fire had destroyed a large amount of it.  The rubble left behind made it seem like it was a fresh trauma although we knew that was probably not the case.  This factory in fact, was one of the first industries in Mississippi and was built in 1868.  It was purchased in 1962 and enlarged according to the historical marker out front.  Obviously sometime after that there was a fire.

Life is just that way.  Surprises happen.  What you do with them defines what kind of life you will have and what kind of person you are.  Sometimes the one you love has to move away.  Sometimes you have to move.  Sometimes your heart gets broken.  Sometimes your spirit seems like it is broken.  Sometimes you find yourself at your wits end.  Sometimes though…sometimes you fall in love.  Sometimes you get the happily ever after.  Sometimes your baby smiles at you for the first time.  Sometimes you get to see your children marry someone you actually like.  Sometimes you land an awesome job.  Sometimes it is sunny and perfect on your day off…sometimes life gives you just what you need when you need it.  More often than not life has a way of keeping the scales tipped toward the good surprises rather than the bad ones.

I guess what I hope the lesson was from all this is that life happens.  You never know what is around the next corner and the best laid plans usually don’t happen exactly as you envisioned.  So, we all need to drive slowly and watch for where the next surprise might be…it is usually a good one.

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