The Ordinary Day

LA MESA -- Every day I sit at what looks like a host stand at a restaurant but is actually a replica of an old jewelry work bench.  It's my desk, and it suits my needs for writing and drawing but mostly my passion for gazing. 

Since I make a living writing about the beauty of ordinary things, of love and friendship, dogs and cats, and washers and dryers; of compassion and sorrow, angels and fireflies, and footstools and baby blankets; of hair curlers and chenille robes, beaches with shells, presents with bows, and dogs and cats made out of clouds, it's perfect for me to sit or stand here at my doorway and watch life going on.

When I moved into this space in November and I first noticed the way the sun glints off the windshields of the cars parked in front of my store,  I thought about moving my desk further back, away from the door and the window so I wouldn't have to contend with the glare, but then I think of what I'd miss. 

I'd miss seeing happy little kids grabbing a book from my red wheel barrow.  I'd miss giving directions to the relocated Silvergate Savings to people wondering where it went.  I'd miss being able to agree with people that Reader's Inc. was a wonderful book store.  (I wouldn't miss assuring people that no, I did not paint over the mural on the wall!)

If I moved my desk, I would be too far from the sidewalk and I wouldn't catch little snippets of conversations or hear laughter between friends.  I wouldn't be able to see the dogs who are regulars at my doggie watering station.  (They know what that sidewalk chalk " YUM"  followed by an arrow in the direction of the water means, you know.)  If I moved my desk, I'm afraid I'd miss something:  I'd miss being a witness to the inutterable beauty of an ordinary day.

Chris Shea is the owner and operator of Lifesighs on La Mesa Boulevard in the Village. She is a regular contributor to On La Mesa.

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Comment by chris shea on June 21, 2013 at 2:08pm

I am very fortunate to get to be here in this precious spot.  I am very blessed.  I'm sorry you don't have more pedestrians to flavor your day!

Comment by Marie McLaughlin on June 21, 2013 at 1:58pm

Chris, your optimism is very refreshing.  Those of you with shops on La Mesa Blvd. do get a wonderful people watching opportunity.  From our parking lot we mostly see cars running the stop sign at Lemon & Palm or speeding through our lot to avoid stopping at the stop sign!  In the latter instance most vehicles, when negotiating the chain we put up to deter through traffic, simply decide to go thunkity-thunk over the curb rather than turn around and approach the stop sign they were avoiding! 

Comment by chris shea on June 20, 2013 at 2:00pm

Thanks, Dexter and Lisa.  My view of life grew largely from the example my mom and dad set.   My mom always used to say, and still does, that you don't have to look very far to fine someone who is way, way worse off than you are.  And my dad's "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet" still rings in my ears.  So I learned that complaining never really achieved much.

A good and spirited debate is a wonderful way to move things along, but still I think if we come at life from a perspective of deep gratitude to, and respect for, others, it makes progress better, nobler and swifter.  We're all in this together! 

Comment by DEXTER LEVY on June 20, 2013 at 1:32pm


It’s amazing how the view of La Mesa’s Village can change by just having the observations move just a few blocks west, it brings a few question to mind! Is it the location of the viewer, or just the ability of the observer to see and relate the views in a positive way?

Thank you Chris for your VIEW!

Comment by Lisa Moore on June 20, 2013 at 10:01am

Chris, I always enjoy your inserts in La Mesa Today.  Thanks for writing about the simple life we all enjoy in La Mesa.

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