Chivalry is not something people talk about any more these days… think about medieval knights, Lady Guinevere, Sir Whoever… brave protector of womanhood, respecter of women… courteous behavior… kneeling before a lady, taking her hand and then a gentle kiss…. hmmmm… when have we seen things like this…? …. many feel not since the 13th century…
I grew up being taught to respect women, protect them, be kind, courteous, open doors, help them with their coats, be the breadwinner and provider… those were the kind of things that remained in the 40’s and ’50’s from the old chivalry of the 13th Century.. nothing wrong with those things… but… remember that natural man I talked about… that guy was unable to do that.
Instead of chivalry... I became a user and abuser of women… my first wife finally had enough and divorced me… women finally wanted “out” from that old model… things changed… equality was demanded… there was a movement since that has changed everything today from what used to be called chivalry.… the women got tired of all the condescending things of male domination, abuse and chauvinism…..
The thing that changed it for me… was that personal revival I wrote about yesterday… that new life in me that grew and grew in me until I saw what the Lord was after… true chivalry today can actually come from this: “husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her“… He gave His life for me… for His wife… the church…. I needed to be willing to do that for my wife… be willing to die for her…
Yesterday I mentioned that true things … truth needs to be experienced by me in order to make it mine… so… here is a story… a story where that truth became mine…
on the ‘morrow…
To “revive” something… chivalry… anything… means to “restore it to life or consciousness.” In order for that to be possible… the reviving needs to begin with me… Don Philipe Quixote must first be revived in order to be part of the process to revive chivalry… or to help others be revived… my problem though… is called my human condition…. my natural man... I have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge so I could “be as God”... the One who determines what is good and what is evil.
That “be as god” thingy, really appealed to the old fella… even though Philip’s spirit died from that choice, he was not aware of it until he was personally revived (brought to life) back on June 24th 1968…. Philip’s first revival. It took years and years before I discovered that that experience was only the beginning of a process… not the end.
That little seed of a new life in the spirit, had to be put in the ground so it could die…. inch by inch, in order bring forth the new life that had been birthed in me and growing……. the very life of Christ…. which then keeps growing and growing… as Philip’s natural man dies in me… Jesus lives in me.
But… these true things… these truths… these doctrines… are only true to me when I experience them… they are only true to others when they experience them… not when they intellectually agree with them… but when they experience them….
Which is why I tell stories… stories of my experiences… to help others to seek out their own experiences... Tomorrow I will tell some stories about my experiences over the years about the chivalry I would love to see revived ….. 🙂
Ellen has teased me for what seems like forever that I am a Don Quixote, jousting with windmills… taking on causes…. deciding, at some point, (as did Quixote)… to “set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world”…. hmmmmm… 🙂
She has given me two statues to remind me… one is here… the other up at our Lake Cottage. Do you really think this looks like me?
I may just have to talk to my friend “Rodan” the thinker…. and give this some more thought… things seem to be stirring in my brain….
Our ancient hand operated coffee grinder…. got hung on the wall too! (again thanks to Dano)… It even has coffee beans in it so I can teach Nate how to grind some great coffee… 🙂
Next thing you know, our big heavy mirror is hanging at the entrance of the front door… once again some proper type hanging done by Sir Dano de Jukanovich!
Then… ellen has been working on a little re-design and painting of a corner storage unit she had used in her gift shoppe in Morrisville… Voila! oh… yes… and thanks again Dano for the “hanging job”…
Then she had this idea of a little bench underneath it… she handled this one without Dano…. 🙂
This is the corner by the entrance into the house from the garage….
and so it goes… day by day around here… one never quite knows what the lady will do next…. but… it won’t be happening in the garage tonight.. 18 degrees out there right now…. 🙂
Years and years ago, Ellen was involved in a decorating business the ladies called “Creative Decor” …. she got some confidence in her gifting during those Creative Decor years… now it all just flows… all the time…
Here are her baskets… some signs and her hanging scale (thanks Dano!)….
Then we have her little cabinet hung carefully over the counter (thanks, Dano!)… which has already been been filled with tea cups and trinkets, etc… 🙂
Then a great picture she put right over the sink… just to its right is her sign that she has had by her stove area for years and years… It says: “I love to cook with wine…… sometimes I even put some in the food!”
And… last but not least… she hung Philip’s “Rodan Picture”…. on the wall by the thinker’s desk…. 🙂
Ever wonder how Ellen copes with all this stuff…? Hauling Philip around from pillar to post… doctor after doctor… place after place… today was to get fitted for the fancy new leg wraps… properly known as an “inelastic compression system”... by CircAid... Another unique experience… they even had my size in stock for each leg… but… I have to wait till I get an ok from the wound doctor… who I do not see again till 2 weeks from now.
Ellen will be gone next week for her niece’s wedding down in Florida… good timing… she really needs a break from the old fella here… so she has been playing with the doctor schedules… and Philip will be cared for from the home health visits next week.
Besides all her care for me… preparing dinners… cleaning… doing the wash… helping to transport grandkids whenever she can… fixing things, painting things.. she has also been decorating our new home… I am asking her for pictures, so you can see what an awesome job she has done… it has become “our home” (with lots of help from Dano)…. maybe tomorrow……. 🙂
So… how does she cope…? she has her own awesome relationship with the Lord… and takes a big, long walk with Him every morning… some different places and routes… but today’s walk was her walk thru the woods to the Lake… Maybe these pictures will help to visualize how she copes… 🙂
Today’s doctor was the wound doctor plus 4 nurses... right leg healing well this time but still got another complete leg wrap… left leg had one wound that was healing nicely plus a new wound that had just opened… so that leg also has a complete wrap. Tomorrow… I get measured for the fancy compression socks for each leg and also another special wrap with a pump to squeeze the leg and then pump the water up my legs at night. We have “prescriptions” for these items.
My new “primary physician” has set me up with the Massachusetts version of home health so I now have a nurse coming twice a week and a physical therapist nurse also coming twice a week. Soon I will have yet another nurse coming every week or any time they want a blood sample to take an INR reading of my blood to adjust my warfarin intake to thin the blood.
My Cardiologist doctor had me fitted with this halter thingy yesterday that had wires stuck on all over my chest… like a 24 hour EKG… Ellen returned it to them this afternoon. We should be getting a report on that maybe tomorrow.
Meanwhile… I still just sleep and sleep and sleep… in between all the doctor and nurse visits…. but… no one has been able to say why I am still tired all the time.
That’s the latest from Wenham…. 🙂