We were running from one show to the other, and we couldn’t help noticing that if we were going to get a cup of well-deserved coffee, we were going to have to sit down to enjoy it. This was Paris and take-out is, in the language of my grandmother, virtually verboten (forbidden, lovingly scolded).
In our dash about, we often fail to stop to enjoy “the sit down”. We forget to value the utensils, the tools, the dishes we present our food on. And it does matter. Sitting down matters. Sitting down with the friendly help of a couple quality, ritual-building treasures says, “we care” enough to take the time.
It’s true, you can order big box mega-loads of pretty much anything with more packaging than product, but do you know who prepared your food? Do you know where your art comes from? Do you know that it matters?
We were proud this week, when Susan passionately made the sandwiches, with extra doses of organic arugula. We were amazed as Stasha created more personal, beautiful Mother’s Day arrangements than ever before. We giggled as Claire ran to sort the heirloom tomatoes before we could tackle the new load of trees, from one of our favourite suppliers we’ve known since we were kids.
Ironically, that same tree guy is the one that looks mysteriously around Zocalo’s collection of art and inspired, quality tools and curiosities, stating that at least he understands trees, for they are practical…upon which he launches into the special qualities of the greatest new Zone 3 hardy conifer.
And then those same practical trees get taken home to gardeners and homeowners looking to make their patios and gardens just a little greener, a little friendlier and a little more hospitable to be able to sit down and enjoy each other. And we can’t help smiling, because he never says ‘no’ to sitting down for a good cup of coffee.