Paladini Potpie

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Time in a Rain Barrel


I was reading the funnies yesterday and “The Other Coast” had a comic about some people catching rainwater in a barrel from the gutter of their roof.  A squirrel had washed into the barrel. (That was the joke.)

As I looked at the panel I was carried back to my Ohio childhood, when my dad rigged up a barrel to catch rainwater.  We lived out in the country and our water was held in a cistern. We had to have water delivered in a big pump truck every few months, so we considered the rain barrel a smart economic move.

The picture in the comic actually looked like a caricature of our house and rain barrel, so it didn’t seem that funny to me. But it brought out some wonderful reminiscing.

We also ate squirrels that my dad shot in our woods, but to my knowledge we never caught one in the rain barrel.

Looking at the comic, I wondered how old Adrian Raeside is. Drinking rainwater and eating squirrel just didn’t seem that odd to me.  And then suddenly it hit me — I was shocked to realize my rainwater barrel and squirrel eating days were 50 years ago!

More than 50 years actually.  Gulp!

I remember so many conversations with our good friend Peggy Kilmer, who was in her nineties.  Peggy would laughingly sigh and say, “Sometimes I catch sight of myself in a mirror and say ‘Who is that old lady?’ I still feel the same as I ever did.”

Miss Peggy, I can relate!

One of my favourite songs is Jim Croce’s haunting Time in a Bottle… “But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them…”

This is true, but more to the point I love C.S. Lewis’s thoughts about time.  We live in time and it’s all we really know, but we’re always shocked at the passage of time. (I can hardly believe my grandson already three years old!)  Lewis says it’s because we know, deep down, that we’re not supposed to get old and die. God made us for a timeless existence.  Our natural element is eternity.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts…that none of us can fathom what all he has done, and that he makes everything beautiful in its time.  Wow!

So with eternity set in my heart, I’m going to remind myself of one more thing C.S Lewis said. The present – right now – is the point at which time touches eternity. So I want to make the most of this eternal moment! Carpe Diem!


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

10 thoughts on “Time in a Rain Barrel

  1. With the recent passing of my brother-in-law and the deterioation of my father-in-law this subject has been very much on my heart and mind. Thanks Andrena for the perspective!

  2. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Now I know where to pick up a good looking ‘egg timer’ when playing scrabble with some slow pokes. Always LUV to read your posts. Did I say Thank You to Monica & hubby for sending us their beautiful wedding picture. Seems like I did (I’m talking to myself). Know we said Hello to David at his counter. Later….January is almost 1/2 gone……Happy New Year to you & John. DarMar

  4. Hey Darlene! Yes, can you believe January is half gone! (I’d love to play Scrabble with you – let’s talk!)

  5. This has brought me to tears yet again. Beautiful, Mommy.

  6. Reblogged this on Paladini Potpie and commented:

    “Friday the 13th” has always felt like a lucky day for me since I was born on a June 13th Friday. Sixty two years ago – how can that be? I woke up early this morning thinking about how I would like to spend this “lucky” day…counting my blessings and thinking about the passing of time

  7. There were four girls in our family. All with relatively long hair and our hair never looked so good as in the summer when we could use water from the rain barrel for our shampooing. Thank you for the reminder. One of my favorite authors mentioned potpies in one of her books. The quote..”when I order their potpie I always lift the crust to see if there is a pearl onion inside…” Every time I read your “Potpie” I find a “pearl” and I am pleased.

  8. “I’ve looked around enough to know that you’re the one I want to go through time with.”

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