Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Morning after Jubilee

Water Avenue is cool and clear the morning following the Bridge Crossing Jubilee.
 But after a frigid weekend when snow flurries actually fell downtown,
 the proprietors of the GAW Trading Post enjoy sitting in the sun
 before opening the store in the Adler Building.

 Grace Powell (in the pink) sells estate items there, and she
 returned to Selma after spending 43 years in Brooklyn, N.Y., where
 she directed a daycare center.

 "It was always my dream to come home to Selma," she told me.
 "I was born here and left at age 19."

Grace, along with her son and brother, have worked hard the past few years
 to restore the 1860's building which was damaged
 by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The building will be on tour during
 the annual Spring Pilgrimage March 16-17.

15 comments:

Nicki said...

Going home and living out the later chapters of life is such a romantic notion. It is heart warming to read of it actually happening. Good luck to Ms. Powell and her family with their business and restoration.

Tanya Breese said...

what a great shot of them sitting in the sun, just looking out. she must love pink, decked down from her hat to her shoes! hard workers!

Jim Klenke said...

Looks cold.

EG CameraGirl said...

I imagine freezing temperatures feel much colder to you who live there than to us who live in the North. Wonderful street scene!

RamblingRound said...

Jim, we had a frost earlier that morning, but by mid-morning, the temps really warmed all the way to the mid-60s! Today, back in the 70s!

RamblingRound said...

Tanya, they are hard workers! They are planning to convert the upstairs into loft apartments.But they have had to do a lot of repairs first.

Pearl said...

she must see enormous changes after that gap.

Jill Harrison said...

so interesting to hear the stories of people in our communities.
Have a wonderful week, and thank for stopping by my blog today.

Gary said...

Glad they're restoring the building. I'm tired of chrome and glass, the modern image of progress. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

McGuffy Ann said...

This is a wonderful post. Thanks. I enjoyed it.

magiceye said...

Brilliant perspective!!

Lowell said...

They look like two people comfortable with each other just enjoying the quietude of early morning. Not much going on in the background to intrude on one's mediations.

SandyCarlson said...

Great photo!

Kate said...

The pink really stands out. I wonder how it feels to return now at a very different time?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hooray for Grace, who obviously Has the perfect name! Happy to see damaged buildings restored and repurposed for the good of the community!