Every day when we wake up the possibility of a memorable daily delight awaits us… the secret… being open to the prospect that it exists.
Ross Gay came upon this same conclusion about a year ago and decided to start writing a daily essay about each delight … compiling it into a Treatise on Delights. ( Covers a Year Time Period)
He shares one story on-line in an audio-tape that I loved. It is called ” Tomato on Board.”
Having been given a little three inch tomato plant seedling starter box Ross is trying to figure out how to get it on board the plane. When he stuffs it in his carry on bag the alarm goes off and sheepishly he pulls it out to show the inspector. The inspector laughs and say that he doesn’t know how to check that… so just carry it. Now one stem is broken so Ross decides the inspector is right-he will just carry it on.
And that is when the ” shower of love ” begins. The flight attendant decides to adopt it while on the trip and repeatedly inquires about the little seedling at least five times-calling it ” my tomato.” Where‘s my tomato, How’s my tomato, You didn’t lose my tomato did you?” She even directed Ross to an open seat in the exit row: “Why don’t you guys go sit there and stretch out? “ ” Put it in the windowsill to get some sun! ”
Everyone on board also loved the tomato seedling like he was carrying a baby-smiling warmly. Someone brought water for it and another brought a tiny cloth to keep it warm.
As the plane landed and put on brakes Ross automatically threw his arm across it …buckled in the seat next to him to protect it. Suddenly a memory of his father doing that for him, as a child, when he sat upfront in the passenger seat before seat belts popped into his mind. He loved that human gesture more than any other human bonding growing up and now he was doing it for a little tomato sapling-a daily delight he has never forgotten.
So until tomorrow…
” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Eva Cate is off to her first away from home camp today! She is prone to homesickness so praying they keep her busy as a bee and she has a terrific time!