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On the Other Side

April 20, 2013

In the book Walking the Gobi, author Helen Thayer mentions that as a traveler in Mongolia, the custom was when entering a home was to just walk in. She talked about her experience while encountering families that lived in Gers, a traditional nomad home. Well, I am thankful for doors and for the tradition of knocking first. As I ponder on the events of the week and am now looking  at some of the recent photos I have taken, I am thinking that looks can be deceiving. We can see an oh so cute house with a nice little picket fence and it may look so sweet and inviting…

I am just using this cute little place as an illustration..

              But we  don’t know the truth of what is going on, on the other side. Like the saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” The intentions of a human heart, we never know until it all spills out in some atrocious manner that we cannot comprehend.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2013 12:17 PM

    So true! Monsters are often disguised as regular people.


  2. April 20, 2013 6:18 PM

    How poignant… May we keep facing the sun! Take care!


  3. April 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    Indeed, we don’t always know.


  4. April 21, 2013 3:27 AM

    I have never heard: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Very well said. The same is valid for faces. We do not know which kind of life faces have experienced.

    Great post.


  5. April 21, 2013 5:15 PM

    Well put. You really just never know. Some mysteries are way too scary.


  6. April 24, 2013 6:05 AM

    There was the same custom in Liberia, where I lived for a time. People would show up,come in, have a seat and say, “We have come to spend time”. There wasn’t any need to haul out refreshments, although it was customary to offer cold water. After a while, the visitors would stand up, everyone would shake hands, and they’d leave. I got used to it, eventually.

    I’ll say this – their custom did improve my housekeeping. You never knew when someone would show up!


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