But here's the thing:
I LIKE days like this.
Now before you get up from your computers en masse (or en fewe, as the case may be - I have no illusions of grandeur) and rush to your phones to call the funny farm so those nice men in the white coats can
There is a place in my head. It doesn't look like much. There are no horses stamping their hooves, raring at the bits. There are no hounds baying, straining at the leash. There are no men and women dressed in fancy red jackets. There is no horn.
There is, however, a prey. And this is where I begin pursuing it.
Sometimes it's a silhouette. Sometimes it's a fiber.Sometimes it's a color. Sometimes it's an idea. Sometimes it's a song. Sometimes it's a place.
But whatever "it" is, it inspires. It conspires. It propels me to a new place where I have never been before. It leads me to the hunt.
I am reminded of EBay's new advertising slogan, "It means more if you win it." How true.
For Morocco, "it" was the color - tupelo honey. Where Anne saw bees (and so beautifully I must add) I saw yellow ochre, curry powder, and saffron. I saw Marco Polo on the Spice Road. So I went hunting for paisley, for minarets, for onion domes and oriental carpet motifs. I toured Persia, and Mesopotamia, and ancient Egypt. I floated on the Nile and contemplated the hanging gardens of Babylonia.
And I let the piece lead me onward in my travels. As I mulled things around in my mind (what's left of it after raising two teenage boys) the shawl began to take shape in my head. Now I just had to commit that shape to the knitted yarn, as I so often commit my ideas to the written word.
The road to Morocco may not be smooth, but I am in no hurry to arrive. I am enjoying the scenery along the way too much.
Because even when it feels like I have been this way before, there is always something new, something different, something once hidden but now revealed, to savor along the way.
As in life, the pleasure lies in the journey, not the destination.
So save your sympathy for someone who needs it.
I'm having too much fun.
Besides, look what showed up in this afternoon's mail...