Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, gentle and dark









We went out to the farmers market in the early evening,
our organic farm was not there;
we did not get anything;
went to a restaurant that really was the wrong choice for us.
Loud music, the food was sub-par for what should of been a great meal
given the cost and over-salted.  Cab ride home found me telling Mr Husband
pedantically: over salting food is a sign of insecurity in cooking...
I would add also a poor make up for bad-tasting food and a sign of not knowing how
to cook to begin with.... then we went to a bookstore, before getting a cab home,
I found it a bit alienating as I find many places today, filled with things that 
  are "trendy" but false, empty and sad... the music outside 
(some sort of old hip-hop sound) and the colder weather and darkness,
plus reading the beginning of this book at the store reminded me of
a time when I still lived in BC, in the late 1990s, early 2000s and was taking a bus
back to Langley from Surrey and it was later at night, dark and the sense of
internal quiet dissonance, of a jagged sadness and lack of all comfort,
like one was on a long trip lonely and dark without hope of coming into a 
place of home where there is a warm comforting light....
***
I am really fortunate that I have not experienced this that often.
That I do not live where such alienation and darkness is, of coldness,
of lack of help and comfort.
***
After we got home, I quickly turned on Patrick's lamp, the twinkle lights,
the lamp by the bay window, heated up some milk, added just a hint of sugar
and cocoa and had it in my thick tea cup by the coffee table with my new
beautiful VNA rummage sale Wedgwood sugar bowl with lid
and I saw comforted by the warmth, by the light on the pale window shades 
keeping out the night's dark and looked at my icon of St Menas
and read a little of Tolkien and put on both diffusers with lavender and
used a blanket to keep warm, with more layers on... 
***
As I went about the kitchen, heating up milk,
trying to shake feeling of quiet horror of dark, I 
thought of how it got cold tonight (first time this year) and 
how I cannot imagine being homeless.
Not being able to go to where there is gold quiet light, warmth,
a bed, blankets, love, a phone to call family, books, but esp light,
warmth and the ability to forget the dark, shake off cold's chill
and reaffirm that life holds so much more than that quickly felt
and left (outside) cold darkness.  
How does one's soul survive outside at night, in shelters or on the streets,
I shudder thinking of it, it's hard, it must be beyond 
numbing in levels of exhaustion....
And so I prayed, lit a candle and heated up milk...
It was a good hour before I began to feel better, 
and it was a process of things to get there...
***
And so I end today with thanksgiving that I am inside my home,
that we did evening prayers, that I had a nice lunch of rice with ground lamb and later
had a slice of bread with all my favourite Dutch things and 
that the light here is warm, our house is warm, I have my 
St Menas icon that comforts me so much....

3 comments:

Mat Anna said...

This evening one of our van windows shattered when Father closed the driver's door. We were not in it, but we were about to load everyone in to go to a house blessing. It was quite spontaneous and shocking and loud. After staring at it in a stunned sort of way, I said, "glory to God, we were not in it and driving down the interstate." Also, thanks to God's providence I received an outlandish number of censer orders in the past two weeks so we will have the funds to replace it.

I don't know exactly why I'm writing this here, except your post felt similar to me. Life has rough parts and dark corners, but the blessings are bigger, if we can only see them.

Pom Pom said...

That sense of safety in comparison gives us a glimpse of the holy vs. the world and its meager offerings. Our hearts are tended to and we know it. What a good lesson. Thank you, Elizabeth.

Kelly Roy said...

Hello Elizabeth,I'm glad you send away the cold in your heart by having faith and hope and a shelter. Praying changes many times the way I feel, a kind of warmth and comfort covers all bad feelings. Agios Minas is the protector of the city I live,Heraklion Crete and every week I enter his church and light a candle. So nice to see his icon in your house!