One of the blogs that I check daily is ali edwards. I have never met Ali but because I have followed her blog for over a year. I feel somehow, on some level, that I know her. Her words, her art, her son; I am constantly inspired.
Every now and then she posts a quote. I always print them out and copy them into my journal. As we approach 2007, I am borrowing this quote from Ali's blog (I hope she doesn't mind!)
Pablo Casals: Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again .And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.
one of my favorite memories was going downtown to Eatons (a wonderful department store that was unfortunately torn down a few years ago). Purses, hosery, jewellery, costmetics on the first floor, ladies wear on the second......a floor for everything. Housewares was one of my favorites. Fine china, notions, even groceries in the basement. I could spend hours there and not spend a cent.
Of course there was a toy floor which every year, had a santa's village. It was magical.
And on the main floor, outside, all the windows were dressed. I thought that would be a dream job, to be a window dresser. Those days are dwindling with the Big Box Stores taking over.
I was driving home the other day, passing through a little town that has one of my favorite stores ....It's only one floor but it has sections . And at the back of the store there is a Christmas section open all year round. It's a family store run by a father and son. The type of store that you run in for something and come out an hour later......just because there was so much to look at, and just because it was nice to chat with the owners....something about enjoying the journey and not worrying about the destination.
It was late at night and this is what I saw....brought back my memories of Eatons.
Sarah....a sweet little friend of mine. I've only known her for a few years so I wasn't around when she was born. But I have a sneaking suspicion that she was born smiling....that her middle name might just be 'happy'.