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!