Trip to The City

“ Home is spending time with the one God made for you to love.”

c e hollis

Ron and I made trip to Oklahoma City to celebrate our forty-seven years together. We got married after meeting and dating at LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas. Our wedding was in Lincoln, Nebraska where my parents lived at the time.

We stayed a couple of nights at the Scirvin Hotel in downtown area of OK City. The hotel was named for Mr. Scirvin who early in 1900 vowed to build the grandest hotel in Oklahoma. And that he did! It was finished in 1911 and opened for business among the wealthy oilmen who were drilling for oil all across the state.

The hotel was famed for serving up wonderful meals and fine entertainment. The patrons stayed in beautifully appointed rooms, ate in fancy dining and banquet halls, and danced in chandelier-lit ballrooms.

The Scirvin was the first air-conditioned hotel in the state and at the time was advertised as “air-iced.”

A third tower was added to the hotel in 1930 and the hotel was refurbished. In the 1980’s the hotel closed and has recently been remodeled and reopened.

The lobby of the hotel is beautiful with red wallpaper, tiled floors, carpets, fine woodwork , beautiful furniture, potted plants, and chandelier lighting.
Lighting in the ground floor restaraunt called the Red Piano which sported a red baby grand.
The hotel entryway and its woodwork and fine wallpaper. The double doors at the end lead into the dining room where we ate breakfast.
These roses waited for me in our eleventh story room. Ron had ordered them from Floral and Hardy shop downtown.
The view from our hotel window on eleventh floor to the southwest.

Our second day we spent walking and sightseeing around the area. I love how the skyscrapers reflect warbled windows of other buildings. I like the Daily Oklahoman’s statue and I enjoyed seeing the huge granite “sculptures, the doves and pigeons, the fountains and interesting buildings. It was very hot and I got some sunburn but I was happy to be out with Ron and my camera back in working condition.

This staircase beside the brass mailbox and elevator doors in the lobby lead up and an opposite set lead down to the basement which housed a swimming pool, workout room and a hot tub, laundry, and offices for staff. I love how the natural light from stairwell windows lit this arched doorway. It was another nice adventure to stay at the Scirvin and I am not very disappointed that we encountered no screaming woman ghosts or wailing ghost babies as we read was a common occurrence.

A forty-seventh wedding anniversary. Wow! I feel old. We have been married for so long––happy for the most part. We have struggled through hard times and skipped through the sweet places. Marriage, like a night at the Scirvin, is certainly an adventure.

“Love is patient and kind, love is not envious, not prideful or arrogant, but gentle and meek. Love does not seek its own way; is not easily provoked, does not act unbecomingly, does not keep an account of wrongs suffered. Love does not rejoice in evil but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

From I Corinthians 13

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