russell’s post on drumming has reminded me that there are worlds and worlds that I know nothing about, and sometimes it’s fun to peek into them.
For instance – long ago a carpenter friend who worked in stained glass as a sideline took me to pick out some glass for a window he was helping me make. We went to a rundown neighborhood in Boston, then into a shabby-looking two-story house. Inside the building, the first floor looked like my grandma’s attic: stuff piled everywhere, everything dusty. I was starting to get a little dubious, but I trusted my friend, so I followed him when he headed up a flight of stairs.
At the top, it was like when The Wizard of Oz turns from black-and-white to color.
The second floor of the house had unbroken banks of double-hung windows on three sides, and on every sill – two rows per window – were little rectangles of stained glass. It happened to be a sunny day, and the whole place glinted with color.
It was like wonderland, a beautiful gem hidden in the most misleading of surroundings.
I had a similar experience – at least as to the unknown-ness – when another friend took me to a sailmaker’s shop on Cape Cod.
Conversely, I had a conversation a few years ago with a friend of one of my offspring. This young woman was smart and dazzlingly well-educated, and had been a varsity college basketball player. She had never heard of Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie…..or Bill Russell.
What worlds have you stumbled upon that you knew nothing about? Or conversely, what worlds do you know something about, that might surprise the rest of us as the stained glass shop did me?
And – just saw this – RIP Texas school shooting victims. How long, oh Lord.....