I thought this photo would be a good way to end the year. On Christmas Day we drive to downtown Detroit to help the Cass United Methodist Church give homeless families a special Christmas meal. Afterwards we like to go exploring. We came upon this wonderful mural on the side of an abandoned building. I don't know it's history. I only know that we had to stop and read the message. It gave us pause to reflect.
In the early 1920's little country stores like this one started appearing along the dusty dirt roads. Cars were becoming available to more people. Travel to distant locations became more common. Back then it was a big event to travel on dirt roads for 20-30 miles to visit "distant relatives." These little convenience stores were strategically located so that you could get gasoline and a refreshing soda pop along the way. Although the gas pumps have disappeared from this abandoned building, there were stacks of old egg cartons on the shelf. This particular store was a place of social networking for the local inhabitants probably up into the 1970s.