Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “close eyes and point.” Grab the closest printed material to you when you sit down to write your post, open it up (if it’s a book, flyer, etc.), close your eyes, and point. Whatever your finger lands on, use that as your prompt. Have fun!
It’s Friday morning, earlier than I usually write my post for SoCSaturday. I’ve got a busy day getting ready for tomorrow’s artisan fair at my church. It’s a big deal to me. The forecast is for a lot of rain, but it’s an indoor event, so I hope they don’t cancel it. This afternoon will be clear skies, or at least not much chance for rain, so that will be good for the set up. I’ll share some more later about that if the stream takes me there.
So, sitting at the table which doubles as my desk, there is a pile of papers to my left. The one on top is a green piece of scrap paper that I’ve written notes on from one of my organizations – Northside Food Co-op. I live near the northside of town which is part of a large food desert that includes my neighborhood. We’re starting with a Saturday farmers market and the plan is to have an affordable grocery store in the area. I signed up to be on the community engagement committee. (This was after telling myself not to sign up for anything new.) Anyway, there was a zoom meeting and a guest who is a former resident of the northside. The young African American woman talked to the committee about growing up without regular access to food, the poverty of not knowing, watching her mother struggle, and some personal trauma that she experienced. I asked her what helped her get through these things, and she said she just did – she got through it. She shared a spiritual awakening as an adult that has given her enthusiasm to go back and help those in the old neighborhood.
I didn’t point with my eyes closed, because when I looked at the green piece of scrap paper trying to decipher my notes, I was pulled to the word, “gratitude” in the middle of the paper. The young woman who grew up on the northside said,
“I have a purpose. Gratitude is a big fire inside.”
That would make a nice one-liner for Wednesday. But here it is in the stream. A big fire inside makes me think of heartburn, so I don’t normally think that way. But for some people, a fire inside is a motivator for enthusiasm, a warm glow that gets things going. I could use some of that. I’m pretty busy right now, but I need more exercise as I get older. There is a tendency to want to be a couch potato which is okay sometimes. Good thing I have all these ideas that get me off the couch and nice weather of the autumnal kind to get me walking outside.
This morning David texted me that he has known me for 50 years. The party where we met in 1971 was on November 6th. That was so cool that he remembered, even if he remembered it a day early. He is the farthest thing from a couch potato. It’s interesting how partners compliment each other. I’m a night owl and he’s a morning person…….
I am filled with gratitude that God brought David back to me when the time was perfect. I’m also grateful that I have the flexibility in retirement to be busy, when ignited by the fire inside, or to sit on the couch and watch the Lord of the Rings or whatever I want to watch.
Here’s my favorite recent piece I’m taking to the artisan fair Saturday. I believe I already have a buyer!
Here are some other projects I’ve been working on for the artisan fair. David drilled holes in the mimosa cookies so they can be ornaments. We had to cut the mimosa way back when we had the roof redone. It grew back well.
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November 6, 2021 at 8:51 am
Lovely post. I enjoyed reading it. Here’s rooting for you in everything. xo
November 6, 2021 at 7:53 pm
Thank you, Selma. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. The artisan fair went well.
November 6, 2021 at 8:53 am
Beautiful capture 💜
November 6, 2021 at 8:44 pm
November 6, 2021 at 2:53 pm
Thanks for sharing ❤ Love your pieces for the artisan fair! "Gratitude is a big fire inside" me, too, for overcoming the adversity I faced in raising my two sons alone in Brazil. And with that gratitude came a new purpose to give back in whatever way I can.
November 6, 2021 at 8:11 pm
Thank you, Rosaliene. I’m so pleased that you love my artwork. Today’s weather was better than the forecast and the event was a success. Raising two sons alone is a significant accomplishment. I don’t know much about what that was like in Brazil, but I can imagine. I hope life is easier now.
November 7, 2021 at 1:28 pm
It is easier now that they are adults and have found success in their chosen professions.
November 6, 2021 at 3:34 pm
Beautiful artwork! I hope you sell all of it!
November 6, 2021 at 8:14 pm
Thank you, John. The even was a success overall. The weather forecast said 95% chance of rain, chilly, and windy, but it turned out much better than expected. I did okay.
November 7, 2021 at 7:04 am
I like your artwork as much as your musing
November 7, 2021 at 7:33 pm
Thank you, Derrick. I’m glad you like both. 🙂
November 7, 2021 at 7:18 am
This is a wonderful post, JoAnna. You could have saved it for 1LinerWeds, but I’m glad you didn’t. I’m glad you gave it the time and words it deserves. I also like your artwork, those are beautiful.
November 7, 2021 at 7:34 pm
Thank you very much, Dan. That means a lot.
November 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Blessing the whale is very pretty. Terrible that people have food deserts in this country. I have read and heard about that before. It’s good when people get together to do something about it. The food co-op sounds like a good idea.
November 7, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Thanks, Deborah. I have learned that there are plenty of people who don’t drive and can’t afford a taxi. Grocery shopping by bus is a challenge. Glad you like “Blessing the Whales.” I sold it to someone who really appreciates it and that feels great.
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