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Skittering around the hood these days as yellow leaves are dripping from impossibly blue skies

I see that I am now a “fixture” in the downtown SantaFe scene.

Folks recognize me now and feel an ease in extending themselves to chat a bit.

Yesterday as I rolled down a crowded morning sidewalk,

My mind working overtime to negotiate strollers, screen-hypnotized lost-looking tourists and garbage bins

Two disheveled young guys quickly passed me by saying “we love you..”

I recognized them as teenagers part of a tight knit group of cronies who gather at a particular park bench doing what they do.

The street was far too crowded to revolve my chair around to acknowledge them so I just rolled on letting in the surprise pleasure of their gift.

Today as I waited in line for coffee a precious 5 year old girl was enchanted with Emma.

“What is your dog’s middle name?” she asked me with utter self-possession unknown to most adults.

“Well..I didn’t think to give her one. Can you think of something?”

Without a hitch comes: “Raindrop.”

Emma Raindrop Aten.

On the plaza a bit later I sat in the sunshine, ERA on my lap sleeping under the tails of my burnt orange velvet shawl.

A woman paced wildly to and fro on the central bandstand whipping her arms around as she pleaded for our salvation. She was quite adamant and off-putting to me as I felt very ‘saved’ already and so I found a quiet spot to enjoy my inner state of being which felt perfectly still and satisfied, steeped in gratitude and the wonder of it all.

Still and satisfied.

Steeped in gratitude.


5 Responses to “Raindrop”

  1. Alexandra Eldridge on October 15th, 2016

    And I am so grateful for your blog!! xx

  2. Adele on October 16th, 2016

    What a perfect middle name xxxxxxxx

  3. gerry harty on October 16th, 2016

    Now it can be said that officially Emma is a true Native American!!!

  4. Dominique Mazeaud on October 16th, 2016

    I won’t be a 5-year old, or a teenager, or a woman mad for salvation, but some day, I’d like to be on your downtown path and say a big heart-felt hello,

  5. Jann Tenenbaum on October 17th, 2016

    Wonderful. I am always so relaxed and also inspired after I read anything you have written. Sometimes I can’t believe how you put something so complex and visual in one line of writing. You, and your writing are so impressive. Love you heart and soul, jann.

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