You know when you get those warm fuzzy feelings? When something happens that takes you back to your youth, when you get a good idea that makes the brain buzz, when you hear a piece of advice that makes you change the way you look at things, when you taste a bite of food that sooths the soul? There are lots of different experiences that give me that warm fuzzy, and I am thankful today (or the past few days) for many such experiences.
First let’s start with an Asian Market here called 99 Ranch Market. They have the most amazing produce at the most amazing prices. As my Dad said, having a market like this nearby is one of the “pros” of living in CA. I want to move into this place and do nothing but eat fruit for the rest of my life. Aveesh got me some little mini plums that you can just pop in your mouth, and some green Guavas last weekend. And I was so enthused with both that I needed to go check this place out for myself. So I did. And on the way in, there is a little Asian gift market. And in the window they had a whole series of these toys called Manchichi. Now this might not mean anything to you. But it made my heart skip a beat. For I had a toy when I was a little girl, who I named Thumky (the root of this name is from the words thumb- the digit on your hand, and monkey- my favorite animal- put together). He had this name because he had a banana in his hand that would pop into his mouth, and it looked like he was sucking his thumb. I was a big thumb-sucker, so I guess the whole idea of Thumky having something in his mouth was appealing to me. So Thumky was one of my best pals. And apparently Thumky was made by this Monchichi company, because I could swear it was Thumky in the window of this little shop. What a flutter I had in my tummy. How it took me back to being three years old, carrying around this little ragged brown monkey-like toy with a banana in his hand. It was like seeing an old friend who you thought you’d never see again. It reminded me that life is really so simple, and happiness can always be found in the little things. How the world seemed like such a magical place.
I think Thumky is still with us somewhere, in a bag, packed away in a closet. My Mom was pretty good about saving these things. But his memory and his magic live on in a not so-little girl’s mind.
So aside from seeing Thumky again, we got lots of yummy things at 99 Ranch Market. I am cooking up a Thai Basil dish right now, and a homemade green mango salad is chilling in the fridge. I’ll share some pics tomorrow!
Second on my list of inspiration to share is something that might seem silly to some of you. But it is something that crossed my mind, and it’s so simple and so true, that I wanted to share. As an artist, I am constantly drinking in my environment. There is no pattern, no color combination, nothing that passes by me without being noticed by the creative eye inside of me. So when we were eating lunch at Lagosia (a really yummy new South African restaurant here in Berkeley on University Ave…try it!) the other day, I ordered an Orange Fanta. I wouldn’t normally do such a thing, but all of this Yoga really has my system doing strange things. I saw the Fanta on the menu, it sounded good, so I ordered one. As I was taking my first sip, I looked at the vibrant colors gleaming up from my arm and the glass:
And I thought, “How beautiful is this?” And I quickly grabbed my camera and took a picture so I could share this with you. See? Again, it’s the simple things in life. I am thankful that I took the time to register this beauty, to relish in it, and to pass it along to you. And enjoy the Fanta
And lastly, I want to share with you some words that my Yoga teacher shared with us in class this morning. It was the first time I’d had class with Mel at Funky Door Yoga, and I really liked her teaching and her attitude.