Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Magical Mundane

" The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not." Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

 It was a feast for the senses and I devoured every single word. I felt like I had never tasted the convicting sweetness of imagination until I was handed that book. "Night Circus" fed a place in my dreaming creativity that had been long lying dormant just waiting to wake up to the unending possibilities that reside within the ordinary and mundane.

 The whimsey of the enchanted midnight dinner's of this story inspired me to wish for my own version of this magical communion hour. I pondered how I could recreate such an unconventional time to gather with friends that would be as rich and full of multisensory beauty and stimulation. I should have known that this desire of my heart would only be provided if I were willing to simply say yes to it when it arrived at some unexpected hour.

 It was 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night when Joel and I left our apartment in a fury to vent our days frustrations in the dark quiet of our neighborhood. Almost marching as we walked, I heard Joel change the topic suddenly exclaiming, "Oh my God! This is exactly what I need!"

 Just before us, stepping out of their truck, was our beloved retired ceramics professor and his incredible wife returning from a spontaneous date. We all rushed one another with embraces and were immediately invited to join them inside.

 Within moments their home transformed into a womb of beauty. Warm lights, candles, artwork on everything that stood still, vases overflowing with flowers even though it was winter... We were completely enthralled by the magic that unfolded before our very eyes.

Food suddenly appeared on handmade ceramic plates and antique Mexican glassware. The intoxicating smell of chocolate, apples, and hibiscus filled our airways and we breathed deeply the heavy scents of welcome.

The symbols of the everyday were present but the absence of the mundane was overwhelming. We were entirely swept away by the mystery of our host's ability to turn tea pots, soup, cookies, and conversation into artwork that made time stand entirely still leaving us to enjoy the very moment to it's provided fullness. 

It might be late in the evening, perhaps you had made other plans...or maybe you glanced up only for a second in the dark and realize that standing before you is exactly what you need.