How Did This Scene Come to Be?


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At my brother's place down

At my brother's place down in Mississippi, they got into the habit last year of slipping the end of the dog's chain over the car's antenna when both were in the carport. Until one day when - yup, you guessed it - my sister-in-law drove into town without checking to see if the dog was attached. Fortunately, she hadn't been driving very fast, and realized her mistake before she'd gone more than a quarter of a mile. The dog was very out of breath.

It's probably a good thing I don't own a car. I'd do this sort of thing all the time, I'm sure.

Posted by Dave on January 24, 2007 11:02 PM
Just to give you some idea

Just to give you some idea of my particular psychological make up, when I first saw this photo I assumed that whatever this situation was, I was responsible for it! You see, I own a blue coffee mug as well. I could not identify the sunflower shells, but I figured the coffee cup must have been my very own and I must have dropped it somewhere and left this problem behind. And now Shai had documented it for the whole blogosphere to see!
When I got over myself(no, Nancy, it is not always about you) I realized my own blue coffee cup was sitting safely in my kitchen.
So I can sleep in peace. Good night.

Posted by Nancy Kreimer on January 25, 2007 1:00 AM
I concur with David on the

I concur with David on the metaphor of seeds and the Jewish future. I would only add that the graceful arc might represent the trajectory of Jewish life that results from the seeming arbitrary "accidents" that historically befall us. What might seem to be unfortunate mishaps end up as wonderful opportunities for unexpected creativity! (Witness the great chain of thoughts initiated by Shai's post.) Any thoughts about the ominous looking stop sign peeking above the mug? Perhaps the fact it is mostly obscured suggests that nothing can truly "stop" the inevitable seeds of new life that can be planted in the most unlikely of places!!!

Posted by Brant Rosen on January 25, 2007 8:07 PM


For those who couldn't see the "Jewish future" text, here is a close up (it gets even bigger if you click on the image).

Here is a better view of the arc (but I didn't choose it as my first choice since it didn't show much of the blue on the cup:

Seed Arc

Thanks to Peter and Dave for stories of other absent-mindedness, to Rabs David and Brant for finding such hope in this story and to Rab Nancy for the honesty (oh how we stand in the middle of our worlds) and to Rachel for being first and finding the beauty. I appreciate all your eloquence!

Posted by Shai Gluskin on January 25, 2007 10:12 PM