Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!



By John Paladini ~

We recently spent a couple of days on vacation in New York City. It’s fascinating to walk the streets and avenues.

You see an eclectic mix of buildings and architecture.

After our breakfast of an “everything” bagel with cream cheese (Andee had lox on hers)  we headed up 50th Street to Madison Avenue, where Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has stood since 1879.

Its gothic revival architecture provides a sharp contrast to the modern buildings all around.

One of New York’s taller buildings in its day, the 328 foot spire is dwarfed by the many skyscrapers that sketch the New York skyline today.

I hardly knew we had arrived as we wove our way, along the sidewalk, through a maze of scaffolding which envelopes the entire structure. I guess the recent 5.8 magnitude east coast earthquake has rattled authorities to require retrofitting these venerable edifices.

Finally we escaped inside through the massive arched entry. We were transported back a hundred and thirty years in time. We marveled at the lattices and doors carved by skilled hands that long ago ceased their work. Marble floors trod by generations of souls seeking God. Volumes of quiet space as the arched ceilings draw your eyes toward heaven.

Then as if on cue, the ancient pipe organ came to life and began to breathe its deep resonant tones until every nook and cranny was filled with worship. I hadn’t even noticed the worshippers in the pews until they began to sing praises to the Lord. I don’t know why it surprised me that the church was being used for the purpose it was created.

The bible says though our outward man is perishing, our inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor 4:16).

I woke today with some aches and pains and realized I’m a lot like the cathedral. I continually need repairs. So if I notice a little scaffolding around my life, I’ll know that God’s at work and I still have days ahead to do what I was created to do. Worship him.


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!

4 thoughts on “Scaffolding

  1. ❤ I love this. I'll pray the repairs are done soon, though 🙂

  2. Interesting – I was there in 1948 with my folks, took Gripsholm ship out of NYC for 14 day trip across ‘all that deep water’ landing in Goteborg,Sweden. Then spent 3 months all over Scandinavia visiting relatives & sightseeing! My Dad had hired man who took over 35 acres of apples etc. while we were gone. Dad took our 46 Pontiac along on ship & left it there for his brothers.
    So, while in NYC, I saw many historical sights & enjoyed an adventure which I will always remember, even if I was only 13!! I’m so very glad you two had such a GREAT “time away” on your adventure.

  3. I enjoyed reading this and getting to see the awesome pictures was such a neat bonus! John great “moral” to your story and much to ponder! Thanks!

  4. Great blog! So very true.

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