From that same corner along Drake Street, we could see the tree in the distance that Bill and I have enjoyed for a few years. Last New Year's Eve, we stood in front of it with some friendly young people whose hope for the new year was world peace. Well, the world didn't come close to achieving that this year, but I hope those young people haven't given up. I haven't. Reaching out, as those youth did is something I've never forgotten. Every gesture that brings us closer to understanding and respecting the world and its inhabitants is a move in the right direction.
Speaking of creating warmth, Jennifer's latest drawing (outlined in blue) on the welcome sign outside the front door at Harrison Galleries Buzz Café made me smile, especially after a rather chilly walk in pouring rain to get there.
Even the birds wanted to be indoors today. This one was sitting in the planter on the landing at the top of the steps to our building, chirping up a storm. There is a kind of dividing wall at the side of that landing with openings to the sky. I'm hoping you can see a bit of a blue tinge..
through the openings.
We passed by Kaarigar today on our way to Harrison's. Perhaps some of you remember the beautiful shop that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago . Alnasir Khan, the owner, had suggested we come in because he wanted to tie a Mauli thread around my wrist and around Bill's too. He explained that the Mauli is a sacred Hindu thread to bring us luck and keep us safe. He had the thread blessed by a priest when he was in India.
As we sat at Harrison's, doing our crossword and enjoying our treats (and the warmth!), I thought about the significance of our new Mauli threads.
Alnasir's gesture had warmed our hearts and given us a small glimpse into one of the traditions of his culture.
Thank you, Alnasir! Thank you, also, to Jennifer at Harrison's and to each person who..
reached out with warmth today. I think we felt just a little safer and sort of special and I'm guessing Black Jack picked up on that feeling too. Have a very happy Monday, everyone.