Wednesday Vignette – blessed?

About two weeks ago, while parking in the street outside our house, I noticed this dark texture – an odd knobby pattern – on something barely visible, hidden under a cluster of large leaves. The leaves belong to a ginormous variegated Fatsia that tends to stretch out over our sidewalk. My  husband, who is of a far more considerate sort than I, continuously tells me I should cut the Fatsia back, so it doesn’t impede the passage of pedestrians. Technically, he is right, although I like to think these sidewalk-encroaching features add to the experience of walking through an urban jungle. However, until I saw this thing the other week, I had actually planned on humoring him.

I lifted the leafy stem and peeked underneath. To my great astonishment, I found the calm features of the Buddha, peacefully sitting under my Fatsia, surrounded by fallen Magnolia leaves. The texture I had spotted  from behind the wheel, turned out to be the top of his head. I can’t say what I thought it might be, before I learned what it actually was – I can’t remember having any thoughts in particular about it. But seeing this peaceful appearance under my Fatsia was such a lovely surprise, I just stood there, smiling at him, trying to understand where in the world…  I mean, who could possibly have put him there???


Over the next few days, I asked the few most obvious suspects, including several neighbors. Neither confessed to anything of the kind. I check on him almost daily. I wonder how long he’d been sitting there before I discovered him. Weeks? Months? Who knows… All I know is that now I can’t POSSIBLY cut the Fatsia back. I would blow his cover!!!! Seeing him that first time, it felt like having received a very special gift – a blessing of sorts. I keep expecting him to disappear – vanish as suddenly as he appeared, but so far he hasn’t. I’ve gotta tell you – I’m thrilled! And, if he were to suddenly disappear into the night, I would feel violated – even though I had no part in bringing him here, to live with us. Funny how that works… So, since I haven’t managed to figure out who brought this blessing upon me, so I can thank them, please consider this post my heartfelt thanks to the source of this gift – whomever that might be. Material things aside, it made me feel that there are still random good things stirring out there. And that, my friends, is priceless!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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28 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – blessed?

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What an exciting discovery! Would you like to know the identity of that kind person, or do you like the idea of it remaining forever a mystery?

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    This is a sweet surprise.

  3. hb says:

    There are good things (like this) happening, too, not just bad. A Pay It Forward? Optimism isn’t an indulgence; it’s a sign of strength.

    • annamadeit says:

      Maybe!? That’s an interesting thought… Remember those lanterns I put up in our Magnolia last fall? STILL, complete strangers come up and thank me for doing that, and cars pull up and take pictures. Maybe it has something to do with that…? After all, Buddha sits right underneath the Fatsia, which is right underneath the giant Magnolia…

  4. Peter Herpst says:

    How wonderful! Much nicer than most of the surprises I find in the parking strips of my urban jungle.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ugh, Peter, I know what you mean… I find tons of garbage – mostly cans and wrappers – tucked in the various shrubs and planters. Have been, so far, blissfully spared from needles, though. Hope those aren’t your kind of surprises… 😦

  5. Alison says:

    What a cool thing! Lately I find mostly trash in my front beds, although I did once get a surprise gift of a gazing ball from a neighbor. My WV is a series of photos from a day a couple of weeks ago when I ran away from home:

  6. Kris P says:

    That’s absolutely wonderful! There are lots of great people in the world – sometimes we just need a reminder of that. My own WV features some nighttime surprises, one welcome, one not:

    • annamadeit says:

      I just hope it’s not the same one that disappeared from Loree’s neighbors… Nope – I’m going to keep thinking it’s good, and that it meant to come my way! You are right about there being lots of goodness out there – we just need to band together more. 🙂

  7. Several years ago my next door neighbors had a Buddha much like this one (just like?) disappear from their front porch. Perhaps he’s been searching for a suitable home ever since?

    My WV:

  8. Tina says:

    That is a nice surprise and I can certainly understand your grief if your garden Buddha disappeared. Here’s hoping he’s from some kind and quirky neighbor who won’t fess up! Blessings!

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Many years ago, Saint Francis of Assisi left my back garden!

  10. Alyse says:

    You have a beautiful mind. I love how you speak of this statue that (who) appeared in your garden.
    Your thoughts this week remind me of author Roland Merullo, such as his “Dinner With Buddha,” which I am reading now.

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