For decades we have walked down our one way road each morning. We know every bump and crack along the route, so you can imagine our surprise when recently, strategically placed pinecones began appearing. Yes, the random pinecones that fell in disarray the night before were still evident, but these pinecones were different. They glistened atop granite rocks, they lined the curbsides, they saluted us from wooden posts, they decorated the neighbors stair rails. Their purpose and their artistry were a mystery.
Who was re-arranging the pinecones and why?
In the days to follow, these questions continued to dominate our conversation and our curiosity. We invented games, which revolved around spotting newly positioned pinecones. Nor could we resist altering the pinecones. Moving, relocating, stacking, creating variations on the pinecone sculptures became our interactive exercise as we walked.
But the question of why the pinecones were appearing remained; until one morning we saw our prime suspect walking toward us. We asked if she was the creative force behind the pinecones, to which she gleefully admitted, “I am.” Hearing her explain the emergence of the Pinecone Delights touched our hearts.
How does one provide comfort when someone else has experienced a devastating life event? Her display of pinecones was intended to lift the spirits of one of our neighbors, who had lost his son just before the new year. She wanted him to encounter a series of small surprises as he walked his dog each day, a distraction from grief. The pinecones are Unexpected Delights not only for him, but for all of us who became an unknowing part of this loving act. We hope our engagement with the pinecones has perpetuated the delight and brought additional joy. A clear intention to comfort and this simple, yet inventive act of kindness has uplifted all our hearts.
Can you think of an unexpected delight that has uplifted your heart today?
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuos small treats.” -Iris Murdoch from The Sea, the Sea