I’ll think of something I need to find and when I try to find it I can’t, even though I was sure it was in that drawer or that box or that bin hidden under all the other bins that had been stacked on top of it over the years. I’ll ruffle through that drawer, box and bin and then go back through them all again before giving up, only to find exactly what I had been searching for in the most unexpected place a few weeks later while searching for something new that I’m having a hard time finding, knowing I never would have put it in a drawer or a box or a bin.
What I’ve come to believe, besides the fact that I should label everything, is that I’ll find what I need to find. Eventually.
Even those things that can’t be stored in any drawer or box or bin. Or maybe especially those kinds of things.
Like my mind.
I lost it over a year ago.
And not having one made it really hard to put my finger on exactly what was wrong with me.
But, I found a piece of it last Tuesday over at Patti Digh’s place.
I should have expected that. Patti's good at helping you find your way.
She had been to Angela Graham's art gallery in Hastings, Nebraska and loved what she saw there. Including, and especially, a Red Stapler she found on Graham’s desk.
Patti found art in an unexpected place.
I haven’t found art anywhere in forever! Not in Hastings, Nebraska. Not in Cleveland, Ohio. Nowhere.
Then again, I haven’t been looking. And I didn’t even know I hadn’t been looking. And those rare times where I think I might have looked, I didn’t care. I didn’t know I had lost the ability and the desire to look for joy in unexpected places until I discovered that Patti had found that Red Stapler with all its heaviness and rounded lines and color.
While I can’t get back a lot of what I’ve lost over the last year or so, I’m going work to get back what I can. I am setting that new found, little piece of my mind to noticing and appreciating the magic around me. The heaviness or lightness of things, the rounded or straight lines of things, and the purple, blue, red, green, yellow and orange color of things. The ahoy natural wonder of things!
I bought this at the grocery store on Wednesday.
Has twice as many islands as any other brand!
Found art? Magic? Debatable. Hey, it's a start. It made me laugh. And it made me remember Paul Newman. There's magic in that.
And! I'll always know exactly where I put it. In the refrigerator. Well, right now it’s on my scanner, but I am going to put it back into the refrigerator. I’m almost sure of it.