I love it when I feel transported by a place, when I feel out of time and like I am traveling the world on a great adventure. I felt like that yesterday strolling through this amazing store in Berkeley called Tail of the Yak.
SARK and I were walking, going no place in particular, when she pointed to the store. What’s that place? she asked. I immediately grabbed her hand and shuttled her across the street. OH my god, I have to show you this place! They buzz you in. I always feel so lucky when they unlock the door.
I have been to this place dozens of times but I am amazed every time– the color, the curios, the exquisite papers, the red butcher’s twine, the rare birds (real life ones) and whimsical fabric puffs sitting in bowls. They have beautiful perfumes, satin ribbons and fancy glitter. They have letterpress stationery, gold leaf garlands, sealing wax and weird vintage stuffed animals. At first glance the store seems fussy until you look a bit further and you realize it is deeply artful, curious and full of magical things. God, I love this store.
And I love SARK! It’s true that anything you do with her is a little adventure. In true SARK form, we passed by a boy with a clipboard raising money: “I’m trying to raise money for my school basketball team… ” he droned, and I found SARK correcting him, “No! You ARE raising money for your team. You’re not trying, you ARE raising money.” He smiled shyly and repeated, “I AM raising money for my team.”
Yesterday was a doozy of a day. Those few hours on the town were like oxygen. It reminded me that good friends, beautiful things, gorgeous places in nature… it can be just the gift we need to pull us out of the hard places. I felt rearranged.
Today was Ben’s turn to have a hard day. I laid down next to him as he was falling asleep tonight and he sobbed and told me that his friend has been calling him a “chitter chatter box” every day. This was like the saddest possible thing you have ever heard. I felt so bad for him. After Matt and I coached him about what he could say next time it happened, I kissed him and told him that I know one thing for sure: That we are going to wake up tomorrow and feel so much better, that it’s going to be a brand new day. I’m going to make sure of it.