A La Mesa Day

LA MESA -- As the temperature began to drop this afternoon I closed the door to my shop on La Mesa Blvd.  I have piano music playing inside the store, and I just put lights on my tree in the window.  A kind woman who walks by from time to time came in and asked me if I liked persimmons.  About a half hour later, in she walked with a persimmon cake.  It is divine.  The aroma of cloves and cinnamon fill the room.  Thank goodness I have a fork here, but I am not ashamed to say I would have cut a piece with a ruler and eaten it with two unsharpened pencils.  I wonder how many towns have people who bring shop keepers persimmon bundt cake?

This is our town. La Mesa.   Our community.  Filled with good people and dogs, with cars driving by and police officers riding past on motorcycles.  Babies in strollers and kids on skateboards.  Our town.  Parrots fly by overhead in the afternoon on their way to their nighttime cozy place in the trees nearby.  Noisy and colorful, a fleeting darting chattering splash of color across a November sky.

There is no specific point to this bit of writing today.  Nothing being railed against or bemoaned.  No political angst, no PBID or term limits or narratives about Oktoberfest.   It's pretty much just saying thank you, because I wonder sometimes if I say thank you enough.  To God or the Universe or the people around me. I am so uncommonly blessed to live in this town, blessed to be alive, actually,  surrounded by all this life and noise.  And I have persimmon cake!  It couldn't get any better.  It really couldn't.  So I just wanted to put my thoughts of thankfulness out into the universe today because I think I'd be disappointed in myself tonight if i didn't.   I think It's kind of what November is mostly comprised of and motivated by, thankfulness... 

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Comment by chris shea on November 16, 2013 at 2:31pm
Thank you for these lovely thoughts!! So much good in our world of La Mesa !!
Comment by Suzanne Shea Reed on November 16, 2013 at 2:16pm

Yes,I agree Chris. I so  appreciate getting  to live in this lil Village (and it was so cool to see YOUR shop set up camp here!)    Glad we have such a great community and yes I agree, every minute counts. When we look for the good in those minutes, not the negatives, we start  seeing some pretty wonderful things around us that we may have missed.    See you soon! 

Comment by chris shea on November 16, 2013 at 10:28am
Very nicely said, John. Thanks for taking the time to share!
Comment by John C Schmitz on November 16, 2013 at 10:23am

Thanks for triggering a moment of introspective thought Chris.  Our modern lives are often subjected to a constant sensory and informational deluge that can distract and desensitize us.  Aren't we all thankful that we are not in an area subjected to regular devastating hurricanes or typhoons, or that our political differences don't lead to incredible acts of violence.  We should keep in mind how truly blessed we are to live in such a community and country as we approach the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Peace,out.

Comment by David Stanley on November 16, 2013 at 10:06am

Thank you for the tree Chris. Brought memories flooding back of past Christmases.

Comment by chris shea on November 16, 2013 at 8:53am
That window in my shop is really a window on my world. Interestingly, I'm so accustomed to the sight of certain people and dogs coming by, when they don't I often become concerned. Then when they return, I send a silent prayer of thanks that all is well. Corny, but true!
Can't wait to have you visit.
Comment by David B. Givens on November 16, 2013 at 8:49am

I love the view from your window, and I can see the condo where we once lived.  Yes, La Mesa is really special, especially now that it has parrots . . . can't wait to see your shop!

Comment by chris shea on November 16, 2013 at 8:34am
Thank you, Mayor! It is a great privilege to live and work in this community.
Comment by Art Madrid on November 16, 2013 at 8:31am

Chris, thanks for reminding us of how fortunate we are to live in La Mesa as we enjoying the blessing of family, friends and community. No one could have said it better than you!  

Comment by chris shea on November 16, 2013 at 7:13am
Thank you David. And thanks for bringing your sweet little pooch,
Baby. She's a doll!

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