Monday, March 6, 2017

Don't Judge - Scene & Story February

"You can't judge an apple by looking at the tree.
You can't judge honey by looking at the bee.
You can't judge a daughter by looking at the mother.
You can't judge a book by looking at the cover."
You can't Judge A Book By The Cover
lyrics written by Willie Dixon in 1962
sung by Bo Diddley

You also can't judge a business by it's building. On the way to my daughter's house there is a not-so-impressive, dingy white brick building with a bright blue tin roof. All around the building is pottery and a menagerie of bright painted animals made out of metal. You can find roosters, giraffes, cows, pigs, or just about anything you can image. Although I've driven by many times, I've never stopped. The metal art, although it makes me smile, wasn't something I was interested in. But, when I was driving by recently I noticed the parking lot was full of cars. There were very few people wandering among the pottery and animals, so I knew there had to be something interesting inside the building. Curiosity had me turning around to investigate. I was certainly surprised as I opened the door and entered a fascinating gift shop. The building had been divided into small rooms filled with antiques, trendy clothing, jewelry, baby items, pottery, and home decor. Many of the items were beautifully arranged on antique furniture. It didn't take me long to realize why this little shop was so busy. The next time I need to take a break while traveling, I'll be stopping in to see what's new! As I drove away I wondered why I judge things without taking a deeper look. Getting past the outward appearance just might bring a pleasant surprise!

* * * * *

I'm linking today with Scene & Story hosted by Lee and Sarah.
You can see all those who link up on Sarah's blog.
Join us each month as we choose a photo and tell a story.


  1. So funny how we do that with places just as we do with people. Never giving either a chance. This place reminds me of a place we visited a few times when my daughter was in school in the U.P. so many treasures inside but you would never know it by looking at the town.

  2. It is always fun to find a new place to shop. It does seem like I am more likely to stop in a 'cute' shop than one which looks a little run down. I will keep your story in mind when deciding whether to stop or not the next time the opportunity arises. :)

  3. I love the lyrics you have written at the beginning of this blog entry! What a lovely stop you made on your trip because you felt the curiosity to do so. That's so true about our judgments. Good to remember to look beyond what we think we have seen and just be a little daring!

  4. i LOVE this!!! and it rang true for me just recently when we drove past "the chatterbox" restaurant. the building didn't look like anything special but the parking lot was packed. when we went inside there was a line. the food was good but i know now it was the fun decor that brought everyone in!!

    what a great picture to represent the store!!!

  5. I love the story and I also love being surprised.

  6. This is a great story, Cathy, a good lesson and a wonderful still life photo to illustrate it. Those song lyrics are perfect! It looks like the sort of place I'd love to browse around in. A busy parking lot can be a good sign that there's more to a place than meets the eye.

  7. It's so true - yet hard not to judge something or somewhere at first glance. I'm glad you decided to venture inside - what a treasure!

  8. It's fun to find a new place to explore!


Thanks so much for stopping by!!