not all who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

Friday, March 17, 2006

stop and smell the jasmine

today was a grey day.
hot heavy humid air, no breeze.
i walked home for lunch, 20 minutes.
my hair in a braid to the back but the whispy strands around my face and neck clung wet as did my clothes. took the main road, crammed with tuk-tuks, old minivans, colorful chromey buses billowing black fumes making face level clouds going straight in through my nose.
i passed the giant snow white buddha with heavy lids and a smile. he looks pure and high and happy. in front of him the offerings of the morning, flower blossoms in small bowls, now wilted and stuck like old lettuce. a mangey dog scratching himself, an elegant sari-clad woman passing by...
i came to the street with the hindu-temple and mosque. lots of men going for friday prayer. on the corner is a shop with hanging strings of garland made of fresh flower blossoms. normally i walk quickly past but wish secretly to stop and stare invisibly for a time, to take it all in. today i stopped at the flower blossoms. i put my nose up to the hanging garlands and enjoyed an in-breath not of traffic but of jasmine blossoms. how much for one string? i asked the man. 15 rupees madame. (that's 15 cents...) yes, i take one string please. he cut me a string, dipped it in water and placed the wad of heaven in a small plastic bag. 15 cents....i walked home, smiling. for the delicious scent, for my growing courage to stop and smell the jasmine in this crowded and sometimes intimidating place.

2 comments:

Ruth said...

HI! Mark and Rachel are here, and trying to help me getto where I"m supposed to be.!!!! It was great to hear about Jasmine as here we have snow all around, however the weather is nearly up to 40, so it is springlike. And since Monday is the first Day of Spring - we are eagerly lookibng forward to it!!!!. Will write more later. Love from Gram and Gramps

Ruth said...

Hey Sara,its uncle mark posing as gram-yikes! Prob breaking some major net law, but oh well! Sounds like you are doing well,'stopping to smell the roses', etc-thats great.Trying to explain your blog to G & G so they can keep up on your news ,etc.Did you get her first comment abt the jasmine? They are both doing pretty well, but slowing down a little. Gram really gets kick outta comp, web, etc.Does great flying arnd net at almost 83 yrs!Say btw, they have a cell now-507-351-9697-call em sometime, they wud love that i think! Take care, will chk mwdawgs[cool name]occ to chk up on you guys!
later....