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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Commuting as a Passenger

When I ride with a co-worker, she takes a different route than I do.  This has allowed new visual explorations.  Each day, we drive past this sculpture standing in front of a local branch of the city library.


It catches my eye...the simplicity, the conversation.  Why two colors?
So, one day, in my own car with time to spare...I stop.  I pull into the empty parking lot, noticing the attached park.

It is a beautiful morning.  Cool, before the blistering heat that is to come.  The heat that never seems to end.  I notice the beautifully blooming Jacaranda trees.  Their purple flowers, like confetti on the grass.  I smile to myself.



I always notice when the Jacarandas bloom around here and it seems like every year I notice them in more and more places.  The are gorgeous, but messy!  You can read how they came to this area here...and learn something like did!

I stroll around the sculpture, taking photos from different angles.





I like being alone in the cool morning air, on a work day no less!  I am accompanied by some little yellow birds ~ chittering from place to place.


I, of course, take some "art shots" (my favorite kind!)

The one talking!




Circling around, I come across the dedication plaque and become even further intrigued.



That night, I Google for more information.  You can read more of the story
here and again, learn as I did.  What I found so fascinating, was that an act of goodwill, began a friendship that has lasted now 57 years!  A simple act of kindness.

We need so much more of this these days.

A few days later, I share these pictures with a few co-workers.  Two who knew right where the sculpture is, but knew nothing of the history.  Another co-worker told me his mother was born in Incheon.  How wonderfully full circle is that?!

May your daily treks provide times of calm and enlightenment and community.
xo

Photos by NAE ©2018