Here are some of the objects that have brightened my heart as of late.
Above is my new parrot green teapot, purchased at the April Bauer Pottery sample sale.
The other day I discovered a store called OK on Silverlake Blvd. Here, I had fun looking at cunningly displayed Slinkys, 19-dollar cast iron nail clippers (black, so cool) from Japan, tiny bowls of recycled glass (pale milky hues of amber, gray, green) for fleur de sel, bone or tortoise toothbrushes from Italy.
I splurged on a tea strainer with a bamboo handle and a toothbrush.
That way I don’t get tea leaf shards all over my new teapot and the sink and I hope will thus avoid the near occasion of swearing.
I have also acquired a new orchid, courtesy of Erlinda rom St. Francis of Assisi Church. Linda has temporarily taken over from Lucy, who is sick and convalescing in the Philippines, as the hand-off person for the free copies of Magnificat I get each month.
I went up to Linda’s house to make the drop and it turns out she grows pots and pots of orchids. So she gave me one to take home–which was lovely of her.
I know people are starving, and killing each other, and that all the sorrow of the world continues unabated.
But I don’t think loving tea strainers and little glass bowls and orchids is frivolous.
I think love of every kind helps keeps the sorrow at bay.
4 Replies to “THE STRANGENESS OF EVERYDAY THINGS”
Oh Heather! Your last three sentences brought tears to my eyes! I could not agree with you more. I hope it is all right that I posted them on my Facebook page with your name. Three little sentences that made my day so rich!
I just discovered your blog through a post on Facebook with two of these ending lines. (Thankfully you were credited so I could find you!) Everything I've read thus far resonates so deeply with me. Thank you for writing!! What a treasure to find such beauty and inspiration on a simple Wednesday morning:) I look forward to reading more posts!
Thank you both!
I was just talking with one of the publishers of a magazine I write for–they are wanting me to sign a contract where they own the rights, everybody has to ask permission to reprint the stuff, etc…when I balked, he said, "Would you want someone to just willy-nilly re-print your blog posts?" And I said "Yes! Nothing on my blog is copyrighted. I just want to spread the news to the ends of the earth"…I know we live in this world, FOR NOW, but in heaven, will anyone care about a copyright? On the other hand, I deeply appreciate being credited and that is grand, Unknown, that the FB page led here…
Am drinking tea from the parrot green teapot as we speak. Godspeed, Ellen!…
I too find pleasure in little things of beauty. Their beauty is a reflection of He Who Is beauty itself, a beauty that we should strive to spread throughout this world.
Your post resonates with what I have been taught growing up, and I enjoyed it!