On the way back, CM capitulated to the siren call of technology and stopped by an AT&T store to pick up a new smartphone. Once again I successfully eluded the forces that continue pressuring me to buy my own smartphone (no! not me! not even a dumbphone!) and sat down to wait for CM's new phone to make an appearance. Captain Midnight was warm and very nice to cuddle up to on a day where the cold came in waves through the glass-fronted wall of the store.
Every leaf on this tree had its own beauty, and the fact that the leaves were all different from each other contributed to the beauty of the whole. But to my eye, the most striking leaves were the red ones -- the leaves that had gone through the hardest frosts of adversity and had emerged transformed, with a hard-won kind of beauty. And it occurred to me that the only thing that could make these leaves ugly would be trying to undo their natural beauty with artifice -- for instance, if someone had come along and attempted to spray-paint all these leaves spring green again. Experience doesn't detract from beauty; it contributes to beauty.
|Photograph by Whitney Bushman|
Love you, Mom.