The annual Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival never fails to put a big grin on my face. I meet the nicest folks there…
- There was Carla and her Funky Art – I’ve come to look forward to seeing her and her fun, whimsical creations every year. Her art and her words inspire me. We talked about the special challenges that kind-hearted, sensitive souls are experiencing lately, and I thanked her for sending hope out into the world
- I met Jeff Walters and his baby girl waiting for an iced coffee at the Gypsy Coffee Stand – Jeff is one of those people that just glows with kindness – genuinely interested in the people around him. The barista asked me if I wanted a straw – I told her I’ve been having issues with straws lately – and she assured me her straws were compostable. Jeff wanted to know more about that – so I explained that there’ve been pictures circulating of straws sticking out of turtles’ noses (“…and manatees are feeding straws to their babies,” another coffee patron chimed in) and so compostable straws sound good. Jeff agreed. Then we got to talking – I learned he shared the same Alma mater as my dad, and told him Dad had pole-vaulted for the University of Washington after WWII. One thing led to another – and I learned that Jeff was a mountain climber, also. That was pretty cool.
- There was Dixie – I met Dixie at a booth that sold jewelry made from agates and jasper. As I was talking to the artist about her jewelry, Dixie stood unobtrusively off to the side. When I asked the artist if she had a card, Dixie quietly pulled out the artist’s card and handed it to me. When we needed a pen, Dixie quickly conjured up a pen. It was like having a fairy godmother standing next to me. She was magic.
- As I was walking by the water I came upon Barb and her grand-daughter, who were engaged in a cheerful game of checkers – with checker pieces as big as Kentucky Derby hats.
At the end of my morning in Anacortes – as I sat on a bench looking out across the marina and the bay – I felt all wrapped up in a sense of peace and well-being. It’s awfully nice to be reminded that the world is full of kind people and beauty, isn’t it?