I made a jar for Delights… for January 2013 and I plan to make jars for each month after this one. I might use different words, too. Blessings, Treasures, Unexpected Loveliness… whatever tickles my fancy that month.
AND! To make it a useful project year round, when I am stumped for something to write (like I was tonight) I pulled out an earlier delight as my writing prompt topic.
So away we go…. I will now demonstrate, doing a complete stream of consciousness writing piece based on the delight I pluck out and it is……
I am one of those friends my friends believe they can call at 4 am and call and talk for an hour and I wouldn’t mind. They are right.
I am also one of those friends that will drive her friend who is about to be Grandma to San Francisco and back from Bakersfield on New Year’s Day with maybe… an hour warning the birth was imminent.
I packed a pair of socks, an extra sweater and some panties and a tooth brush and off I went. I showered, but other than that, I was just me. I knew I couldn’t miss this moment.
Do you remember being alone in a room with a baby?
It is like being alone in a room with the most magnificent miracle ever and you are the only one holding onto the secret. It was fantastic.
We were there a couple hours when we decided we better find a place to say. This concerned me because since I didn’t pack, I managed to forget my bank card and other important things. I was completely dependent on my friends, minus about thirty dollars in cash I carried in my car.
We found a questionable place to stay between Russian and Nob Hill but had to wait half an hour before we could go into our room. There, on the corner, was a bar called Shanghai Kelly’s. We simply had to go in. One of the Grandma’s was named Kelly, so I felt like we didn’t have a choice. Oh, and the "questionable" place to stay turned out to be wonderful. We found it in one of those travel saver books you get at rest stops along
How often do you find yourself in one of the most fabulous places in the city at a corner bar outside of the tourist traps that happens to share your name?
We each took a seat at the bar and because I am one of those people who talks to bartenders, I couldn’t help but ask about the Obamarama drink they offered for only $3. He told us what was in it – sounded tasty beyond belief, and then when he heard about the Grandma’s he turned away for just a slice of a moment and put Obamarama shots in front of each of us.
Down they went, silky smooth. Kelly even got a t-shirt and we learned the lore of Shanghai Kelly. I got the name of the neighborhood – Polk Gulch – and was thrilled beyond belief to spend my New Years Day in San Francisco and receive a tasty free drink and know that I could rely on my friends for everything I needed while we were jetting around the city in my Mazda.
It might sound completely zany, but I can’t think of a better start to 2013. Naturally, it was a delight I had to add to my jar.
And now, thanks to being stumped for a writing idea – hopefully you are delighted in sharing my delight.
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© 2013 by Julie Jordan Scott
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