We have dear friends who live in Holland (Michigan) and commute all the way to GR for work every day, because “If you want to talk to God, it’s just a local call from Holland.” Now that we live in West Michigan, it’s my favorite place to go on Mother’s Day, and even Carl (who’s a professional photographer)… and Gerlinde (who’s from Germany and has been to “the real” Holland) agree that the Holland Tulip Festival is spectacular and well worth a visit! But what about the rest of the year? Is there anything else that’s fun to do? Well, they have a great Craig’s Cruisers park with all sorts of fun things to do. On my 60th birthday (almost 3 years ago now), Daniel sweet-talked us into going to Craig’s Cruisers in Holland for some hot games of “Pump It Up.” So fun! So, when my “little sister” Lizzie and her husband came to Holland this week, I went straight to Holland to visit, and I discovered some more good things! I am not a shopper, but Lizzie is, and we noticed that there are many stylish little shops here (which is saying something, since Liz lives in Atlanta). We had lunch at the Alpen Rose (although I forgot to take any pictures). They have a very appealing buffet (and other choices). The food was excellent! So, why would I ask you if Holland is for the birds? “Because,” I would say, “rain or shine, there are lots of birds in Holland!” Holland has a sugar-sand, Lake Michigan beach and some beautiful walks, like this one along a pier and out to one of the lighthouses. And, along the way we saw lots and lots of birds!We also got to see something I’d never personally seen in Holland before: A pair of gold-crested cormorants (as explained to me by a man with a telephoto lens so long that I believed him)… (However—after research—I still think he’s right). For some unexplained reason, Mrs. G.C. Cormorant apparently got mad, because she flew off a little distance, and turned her head away from her mate. This put Mr. G.C. Cormorant into an absolute tizzy! He went into full exhibition mode, doing a dance that could compete nicely with Dan’s amazing Pump It Up skills.He also reminded me of Daffy Duck in one of his rarer rampages of fluster! I mean, who could resist a guy like this?! Finally, she turned around and started watching him, and it looked to me that they were going to make up again very soon, which is why I would say that Holland is definitely for the birds…TOO! In fact, I’d say that Holland is fun year around for friends and lovers (and married couples who are still friends and lovers)! But, if we should ever become a bit estranged from our friends or spouse, I hope we will take a tip from Mr. G.C. Cormorant and go way out of our way to seek reconciliation, and I hope it all works out in the end!
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:12-14, ESV).