Stained Glass Window
Little Chapel in the Woods
On Campus, Texas Women's University
This beautiful stained glass window caught my attention. As a Real Estate Agent, bricks and mortar are always on my mind. How odd it was for me to read these words inside a beautiful little chapel, smaller than some of the smallest homes I've seen. I did some research on Mary Lyon and was surprised to know she was born in 1797 and died in 1849. Before I discovered this Stained Glass Window, I never heard of Mary Lyon. She is known to be "An American Pioneer of Women's Education.
Mary was the daughter of a farming family in Buckland, Massachusetts, who assumed responsibility to help run the family farm after her father died when she was five and at age thirteen she assumed full responsibility to help run the farm with her brother after their mother re-married and abandoned her children. Mary's passion started with hard work to manage the family farm and education became second nature, her focus until the day she died. She has been an inspiration to women and education since shortly after the Declaration of Independence. How fitting it was for me to see her stained glass window in the Little Chapel in the Woods on the campus at Texas Women's University, in Denton, Texas. The following link provides additional information about the chapel: http://www.twu.edu/conference-services/little-chapel.asp. I mentioned this chapel to the owner of one of my listings and was surprised to learn her daughter was married at this chapel. I was very surprised. Could it be that as a Real Estate Agent, we get so used to concentrating on the bricks and mortar that we fail to really get to know one another and their family too? Most Real Estate Agents would puff up and say, I've sold many homes for my client, or we became friends, and received referrals too; I'm guilty of that too. But how well do we really get to know the people we serve and discover something so unique about them, that has absolutely nothing to do with bricks and mortar?
The roots of education go deep. Every family has a story. It's not just about the bricks and mortar but about the people we become, character, morals and all. There is something about the glow and the soft golden light inside the Stained Glass Window in the Little Chapel in the Woods, the architecture, and the history of the building, decorative balls of light, and the people who become a part of the history of education and the connections between people that is so warm and welcoming.
I am drawn to artwork, colored lights, bricks and mortar, but most of all education and people. Inside this Little Chapel in the Woods I felt artistically free. The light appeared to be dancing for me. Could it be something else was speaking to me not just because I was the only one inside this Chapel? For some reason, I'm unable to rotate this photo here on ActiveRain but perhaps it's no accident, you'll just have to look at it from a different perspective and ask yourself, is there a balance in your life between bricks and mortar and the people you serve?
©Patricia Feager 8/16/2015