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.


  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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