Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Year of Gratitude - Day One Hundred Eighty-two

Day 182 - Beauty
Sometimes we find beauty in unexpected ways.
Today was a beautiful day, too; the weather forecast was for clouds and a slight chance of showers.  However, it ended up being partly sunny and dry, and we were glad of it, as we walked to catch a bus to Butchart Gardens.
Neither of us had been during the winter, so we didn’t really know what to expect.  We went in the afternoon with an idea of seeing the gardens during the day, and the lights after sunset.  Believe it or not, there were still a few flowers in bloom, despite freezing temperatures.  As the sun sank lower in the sky, the lights in the gardens became more visible, indicating the constant effort the groundskeepers clearly make to keep the gardens spectacular.
We came back in time to put up Christmas; Ignacio’s apartment building does not allow natural Christmas trees (fire hazard), so he uses an outdoor light “tree” instead - a lawn decoration that, at Ignacio’s hands, becomes a clever way to display Christmas tree ornaments, and one I haven’t seen anywhere before, even in a shop window or display table.  He takes a simple item and makes it beautiful in a simple way.  (I wish photos could do it justice.)
After trimming the tree, we had a little dinner, and then two of Ignacio’s friends came over for cocktails.  We had a pleasant time with them, talking, laughing, and sharing stories....  As the evening wrapped up, I realized Ignacio had introduced me to his “family” on this trip; his parents and siblings live in Venezuela, so in Victoria he has only his friends - his “chosen” family - and I was honored to have been introduced.  I had a lovely time.
I am surrounded by beauty, and happy to have noticed it.

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