Today’s prompt of “tiny” could have been a million things, but any excuse to sketch a cute kitten is a good one. My allergy to cats precludes me from ever having one, so it’s also a chance to conjure up a little virtual pet. Not to be confused, of course, with a Tamagotchi which is, I guess, is the true definition of a virtual pet. Suffice it to say, as ever, I’m fascinated by the tinier bits in life. There’s always something grand and magnificent to be found in the world, but it’s always the little things that I come back to in the end. There’s so much comfort to be found in bits of everyday life and an endless supply of things to sketch there. Not just what’s in front of me, but what’s on my mind in the moment. In this moment, I’m feeling good yet tired and already ready to head to bed even though it’s still too early to do so. Well, that’s a perfectly conjured up idea as one can go to bed whenever they like. Phineas, has already beat me to it and is happily snoring upstairs.
This afternoon, we went to a play with the salacious title of “Sex With Strangers” about love and ambitions in the digital age. In fact, the theatre sent me a reminder email yesterday that popped up right while a coworker was in my office. In giant letters on the screen it said “You have tickets to Sex With Strangers tomorrow” which created a rather awkward pause and a questioning glance. Mostly, no doubt, wondering sadly why one would have to pay for such a thing. But the show itself was not really salacious, and more of a dive into various things about life today. Philippe and I decided we needed branch out and not only go see musicals. The thing about plays is that without all the spectacle, dancing and music, the story had better be damn good. In this case, it was thankfully very engaging and we had a wonderful time.
I didn’t leave the play with any momentous feeling of having discovered some new revelation about life. Much of it simply jived with all my various wonderings and ramblings that I’ve written about here. But when thinking of our hyper-digital culture, it usually has the same effect on me. I begin to miss a lot of the analog life that came before it and reminiscence of a time when life wasn’t quite so chaotic with apps and streaming information. But, then again, I’m typing this very post on a computer to be sent out into the world for others to read. Something that simply wouldn’t have been possible when I was a kid. So, that’s pretty amazing. Yet, I’ve nothing particularly earth-shattering to report or reveal tonight. It was just a lovely day filled with friends and good times. There wasn’t one thing that stood out from any of the others. And that, actually had the effect of making it quite special. Life is often at its best when a beautiful bunch of happy moments come together with the help of only the littlest of things.
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