Hidden Away…Eynsham Village

01Here is my beloved youngest son, Joel, loyally attending me even after Alan and 02Stephen had given out for the day and evening shadows were growing long. It 03was our last night in the country, & we’d seen everything listed in the guidebooks 04noteworthy in the area…the famous towns of the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace,05the world-famous University at Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral, the Eagle and 23Child Restaurant, Stratford-upon-Avon, and even a Shakespearean play.06What was left, and why go in search of Eynsham…a tiny village so insignificant 08that it wasn’t discussed in the guidebooks…or even listed in the index?09As a matter of fact, Eynsham is in West Oxfordshire and one of the Cotswold10villages. It has existed since the Bronze Age and has a fascinating history…11but because it’s off the “beaten path,” it was totally devoid of tourists and felt12as peaceful and serene as a village untouched for hundreds of years!07 The thatched roofs were more authentic-looking than Anne Hathaway’s house,13 and the flowers as pristine14and fragrant as any growing in the country gardens at Stow-on-the-Wold.18The stone cottages were just as honey-colored and the gardens just as tidy.

15Why, I wondered, wasn’t Eynsham famous and crowded with tourists too?16I really don’t know. Maybe the townsfolk would like to keep their community 17hidden away. Maybe they don’t want fame! Maybe they’d rather not be bothered19 with thousands of gawking tourists day in and day out. Maybe they’d like to get 21 lots of attention, but for some reason, they just don’t. It made me think of my22youngest son, who is a truly authentic and magnificent person but has at times 24 felt overlooked. I’m sure we all feel that way from time to time—at school, at 20 work, or when we feel lonely. I was caught by this phrase: “To the glory of God.”25If we do all that we do “to the glory of God,” then nothing will go unnoticed or unappreciated. May an audience of One be enough to make us bloom radiantly!

P.S.—As an after thought, I wonder if we sometimes overlook people who are truly wonderful simply because they don’t promote themselves…might be time to start looking around a bit more carefully! 🙂

“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7).

2 thoughts on “Hidden Away…Eynsham Village

  1. Again your pictures are marvellous- and what a beautiful village! I wish I could go there and see all thise places too! I think we often overlook people, who don’t “promote themselves” as you say. You are right: we should look around a bit more carefully. As for Joel, He is A+
    I hope he can make good experiences at his new university and meet people who can appreciate all that he has to offer.

    1. Thank you, Sarah! He seems very happy and is thriving this semester. The first semester trying to learn how to be a good “T.A.” (teaching assistant) was a little intimidating, but I think he is in the groove now and really enjoying everything!

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