Thursday, July 24, 2014
look for small pleasures
There are other pleasures in life than traveling to London or having dinner at Enotecha Pinchiorri. As pleasant as Trafalgar Square and Florence are.
Sometimes, those memorable moments are right where we are. More accurately, they are always right where we are. We just need to see them. Or “perceive with seeing” as Old Sherlock would say.
I am currently indulging in one of Mexico’s traditions, Waiting. In this case, waiting for the Telmex repair man, who, I hope, will use his wizardly skills to restore telephone service to the house. I can then drive to Manzanillo on Friday to pick up a new modem. As my brother would say: everything has a sequence.
So, here I sit with no communication to the outside world. No house telephone. No internet. Even my mobile telephone is not helping. I apparently used up all of my purchased minutes by messaging them away yesterday. (Yes. I did solve my SIM card issue. And, once I get over the embarrassment, I will tell you about it. Probably, subtly.)
Other than not knowing when I am going to get this piece posted, it feels rather good to be circumstantially incarcerated. Instead of rushing off to eat at my favorite breakfast restaurant this morning, I slept in and started my day with some left over pasta. Claiming time as one’s own is a great luxury of retirement -- something I should do more often.
Last night, a pocket rainstorm swept over the mountains -- dropping just enough rain to cool the night to let me I sleep well for the first time since I left Bend. A good night’s sleep always improves my outlook on the day.
And that is why I am sharing this photograph. The subject is nothing special. Just a mop left hanging on the clothes line by Dora. But its simplicity, tied with the rather baroque shadows of the courtyard plants, struck me as just the type of experience I so easily ignore.
Today, I didn’t. I hope it adds a little something to your day.
In its own way, it is more memorable than the Palace of Westminster.
Note: The Telmex guy just left. And, wonder of wonders, he also replaced my modem. I am now running one day ahead of schedule.