Last week i received a small cardboard envelope (about 8" by 10") that had a decorative edge and beautiful Butterfly stamps. The return address was two first names and in Seattle. A mystery. ..
Imagine my delight when i opened it and found the beautiful folder below. It was a wedding invitation from a a nephew of mine from my first marriage. After we had separrated and even after he died i tried to stay in touch with my first husband's family for the sake of our boys, because i feel children deserve to know extended family. But few people are as diligent about correspondence as me and eventually it slowed to a stop. However with the advent of the internet and social media sites it became easier. Just days before i got this i'd learned my eldest Sister in Law from that marriage had died (in England where she and her hubby lived, much of family in Guyana, some in US or in Canada for college). So it was nice to have the balance of some good news.
This has to be the most attractive wedding invite i've ever gotten. How i wish i could go, it looks like they plan a fairly traditional Indian ceremony. But my adventure for the year will be my meet up with cyber friends in New Orleans in September.
i wanted to share this here because it speaks to something i feel strongly about: Art is all around us, even utilitarian things can be beautifully executed. The Om symbol at top of first page--the details of wedding, the mention of Ganesh, the stylized heart at top of the details about the reception on second page...they are lovely to me. What's more it smelled of incense wonderfully. Beauty is all around us, sometimes even in mundane things...we have only to open our senses, minds and hearts to perceive it and enjoy it.