I know, I know drawing on buildings is frowned on but, I would contend that this chalk landscape on our grungy Park Street subway entrance is someone’s desire to make the place a little happier and to a large extent they succeeded.
This is the fountain in the middle of the Frog Pond, Boston’s favorite wading pool. On any given summer day, it’s surrounded by happy kids. It’s always a very happy place.
For the last few hot and steamy days, the cooling spray of the Frog Pond fountain has provided hundreds of local youngsters a happy relief. Standing on the edge of this splashing joyful gathering yesterday I wished I was 5 years old again. Come to think of it, sitting here today writing this I wish the same thing.
This lovely lady is currently 14 years sober. She is the executive director of a shelter for the homeless and another one for battered women. She used to sell all kind of drugs on the street to support her habit. She’s been there, seen it all and stepped back from the brink just in time to turn her life around.
The wonderful infectious joy she had is hard to explain but, in her presence one could definitely feel it.
Chance encounters like this one this morning are an absolute gift!
PS I also should give CVS credit for letting her raise money for her charities in front of their Petaluma store.
We’re in Petaluma currently. It’s a lovely, funky little city about an hour north of San Francisco. At 8 in the morning we we headed out to breakfast. As we were waithing for the restaurant to open its door, this lovely coupled came up and was waiting too. It was their 40th wedding anniversary and they looked radiantly happy.
Of course what they wore gave a clue that something special was going on. (They leave for Hawaii tomorrow.)
A mellow day, warmish and dry. People were happy with themselves and with each other.
Damn it feels SO good to see this occasionally.
I was in a coffee shop this morning, having an 11am mug and carrying a camera as usual. As I was getting ready to leave, this quick greeting took place at the front counter. Nice to see. Really nice!
Today the Boston Athletic Association held its annual 10 K race. This event attracts more than 10,000 runners, not just local and US people but many from all over the world. The day was glorious and the mood upbeat. It was a time to celebrate our collective humanity and, for a while anyway, dismal news took a backseat to just plain joy.
After yesterday’s big snow storm it took the city a little while to dig itself out. But by this afternoon things in Boston were back to almost normal. This happy group of skaters were glad to get back on the ice.