Monday, February 9, 2009

Sin e'

On Saturday, Tara and I snuck away on an early Valentine's rendezvous at Sin e', an Irish pub, in downtown Richmond. I love places like this. We used to visit Tir Na Nog, another pub, in Raleigh when we lived there. Both are very rustic in appearance, in an old world style, lots of wood and stone. Curious quotes by an ancient pagan poet adorn the ceiling.

The food was amazing, Fish n' Chips of course. It was hard to steer away from the Shepherd's Pie, arguably my favorite food, but I had heard stories of the fish, which I will attest to now.

What I enjoy more than the decor and the food is the environment. The pub is a place of gathering, when no one's a stranger, only a friend yet met. The stones ring with stories, shared by companions on the journey. If only we could capture that essence and transport it with us.

A significant life is only possible through significant relationships. When I look back at how my life has been shaped over the years, as much as it was the situations or events, it was equally the people that I shared them with. Not casual acquaintances, but those that I have allowed behind the exterior armor. Those that I live life with, not just regale with stories that create false importance or fool to think I have it all together all the time.

What significant relationships have shaped your life?

10 comments:

Dot-Com said...

Here they are just pubs, I guess. Unless they are not Irish of course *grin*

Rob said...

My wife, my pastor, and a couple of the youth pastors from my teen years have helped shape my life.

Daniel said...

Brian, one of my favorite posts from you thus far. I am not sure who has shaped my life, not sure who has made me into me. I suppose that I really only have myself to blame for the mess that I am.

Brian Miller said...

I am sure these are cheap nock offs in comparison to the authentic, dot-com. I look forward to trying the real deal one of these days.

Brad said...

It is hard to minimize it down to just a few people when so many make an impact on your life. But to mention a few my wife, my children, my pastors, and my family and friends and my past employees and bosses. Ok that is pretty much everyone.

Brian Miller said...

I hear you brad...i have a lot of people to be thankful for, that have kept me from being as screwed up as I could have been.

Anonymous said...

My childhood with you shaped me into the thing that I am. I sure hope you're proud of yourself, buckaroo.

-DF

Brian Miller said...

i knew one day this would get blamed on me.

Vince Farrell said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Brian.
I really enjoyed your post. The relationships that have shaped my life, I catagorize into 3 areas; Spiritual Pauls, Barnabas, and Timothys.
My Pastor, retired Youth Pastor and Father-n-law are some Pauls. Many different ministers I can be real with are the Barnabas. The small group of young married men I lead are my Timothys.

Scott757 said...

I have often thought that one of the advantages of European life is the pub community. Once you get off work, your friends, your family, everyone is gathered at the local pub. Just because the idea of community is ingrained in their lives. So I agree...and you put it wonderfully.