Posted by: jevcat | February 17, 2018

Snowy Evening in the ‘Hood

Finally got myself outside to into the falling snow, only to discover it was now falling slush. The block was still beautiful — so, of course, I took pictures.

Almost back to the apartment, a guy I think must work at the homeless drop-in center next door was just finished parking a van. He watched me cell-phone-snapping light through the snowy trees and said, “You must be a professional photographer,” which made me laugh. I told him no, I just liked the way it looked.

He went off into a whole riff about how beautiful it was, and how photos touch memories, and the branches against the building would trigger memories, perhaps of other places, and a photo would bring those memories back. I said yes, photos help us remember.

We talked about how lovely the branches looked, the way they picked up the light from the street lamps. I put the phone away and turned to go. As we said goodnight, he said, “I didn’t even see it, until I saw you looking up. God bless you.” I wished him the same, and as I walked into the courtyard, he was still standing there, smoking a cigarette, and looking up.

Blessed are the small things in life, even when we don’t realize they’re really the big things.

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  1. Amen to that. You can stop and smell the roses OR watch the snow fall. Life is enriched by these small moments. Love, Dan

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