Monday, January 10, 2011

City Sidewalks

I really like living in the city, but there are times I get really frustrated! Parking can be a challenge at times,  and we often have to park on sidewalks, which in some spots is not a problem. When we can't park in front or our house, we often have to park on a side street, or the sidewalk of that side street. We have been doing this for over a year and a half. But last week I went out to my van and found a ticket ($51) in my window(see picture #1). In my heart, I started complaining how I hate the city, want my own driveway, or better yet, a garage! After a few moments of grumbling, I then reminded myself that I am not in the city for my comfort. And parking will probably, no, Will Be, be a constant struggle.

Now on to explain # 2 in the picture. Last night Corban & I went over to a friend's house for a playdate. I could not find anywhere to park in front of their house, so we circled around a bit(takes a little time due to one way streets, I remind you). When it was all said in done, I parked on a sidewalk behind another vehicle. When we left I found a sign on my windshield. I kind of laughed ,& thought, is this for real? Did someone really take time to type a note for me, & basically tell me I couldn't park on public pavement.  I am guessing they leave notes quite often & have a bunch ready to hand out. I had to laugh too b/c the name of the street is Webb St., so I wanted to knock on their door and say " NO, this is my pavement"! (For those of you who don't know, my maiden name is Webb).

Lord, please help me to find  joy even in the annoying things like parking issues.


  1. Very entertaining.....made me giggle!! Probably most people know this, but I do not....why do you live in the city? Just wondering. But, I am one that knows you are a Webb and the Webb's lived deep in the mountains of Virginia in a log house!!! Which, by the way I LOVE!!! So my Melissa Webb living in the city, and not just any city, but a VERY large city, the city of Philadelphia...yes I am curious!!! :o)

  2. I love that it was on Webb street!! (Although I'm sorry it happened.)
    I always think of you when I pass Webb. :-)
    BTW, love the new blog name!

  3. Am sure Paul never had to parallel park a donkey, but his words apply.
    "...but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6
    I remember being in a meeting and a woman saying that people who didn't live in the city perceived her as flippant for making prayer requests for parking.Sometimes, I am grateful finding a parking spot. Sometimes, I am just cranky & ungrateful. In either case, I know prayer is the way to go.