Since I love all types of food, I wasn’t sure what would qualify as awesome food, our prompt for today, but I figured anything with maple syrup on top would certainly qualify as fantastic! So we have a little bottle of maple syrup for today. Truly, just seeing a bottle of maple syrup as a kid made my heart smile, because I knew that pancakes or French toast were possibly in my future. In that moment, it really didn’t matter which one as I was just assured that something sweet and wonderful was coming my way. The shape of a maple syrup bottle is rather iconic with it’s tiny little handle that’s so impossibly small it’s not feasible for any size of human to really use it properly. Philippe informed me that these were in homage to a time when the syrup came in much larger earthenware containers. When they were shrunk to this size, the handle remained to retain a bit of the history, becoming a mere decoration instead. I love it when that happens. When through all of our modern advancements, we still pause for a moment to remember and celebrate our wonderful past.
This has certainly become my approach to my daily doodlewashes. I often take a moment each day to reflect on and enjoy past memories. So many new things appear each day and modern life can seem a bit chaotic at times. But nothing came from nothing. There’s always a rich past that affects each little step along the way. For me, talking about the present, always feels like starting in the middle of the story. I like to delve back into the time before and discover what made it all happen in the first place. Though it feels like much of what we enjoy in life has been around forever, its history is often rather short. There was a time, for example, when Facebook was actually “The Facebook” in simple type and brackets, only open to students of Harvard University. This was also only in 2004, which is extremely recent history. So many of the technical things we know and use today haven’t really been around all that long. Yet, many of the others things we know and enjoy have been around for decades or hundreds of years. What becomes important in our lives is a question of choice, but each new thing that’s introduced leaves an effect of some kind.
While I adore social media and its ability to connect us all, I don’t think its a full replacement for genuine connections. The kind that might happen over a glass of actual, not virtual, tea and some pleasant conversation. That said, it’s likely impossible that we could all travel to meet each other and have that cup of tea, so this is really the next best thing. I love that I can “meet” people from all over the world and exchange ideas about life and art. It’s a truly incredible experience. When I was a kid, such a thing would have been considered the work of science fiction. Yet, today, here we are with all of the tools in place to actually make it happen. That’s a pretty wonderful thing indeed! But as we zoom into this incredible future, I for one, like to take little trips back in time to connect it to the past. It’s the full story that doesn’t often get reported these days as we talk about all of the latest events and things happening in the last few minutes. Personally, I’ll leave those immediate and current events to others, and happily celebrate those little bits of memories from our past, like a bottle of maple syrup.
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