Once pristine architectural elements bear witness to decades long past.
A worn sheen etched by the passing of generations.
Peeling layers curl back, breaking free of walls long attached.
Flakes, chips, lost pieces of life lived in the past.
Color aged, turned across years,
burnished and shredding
until sanded surfaces are revealed.
The story is not lost with the surface.
It is deepened by the layered revelations of wear.
Character is transformed,
authentically marked by existence;
serving a purpose
across days strung by time.
At our best,
we are called to live a similar story.