I’ve been really distracted from my book for the past couple of days. I’ve blogged 315 days and I’ve never received so many hits, emails and comments about the content of my blog until today. There is something about wrapping red ribbon around the wastewater vents so they look like candy canes that seems to have struck a cord with many readers. I wasn’t expecting such a reaction. I wish that more people would comment on the blog, rather than personally email me because I think many readers would be really interested in what people are thinking about this particular situation.
It seems like such a simple thing – making a goofy observation about the candy cane shape of the vents in Richmond Hill and wanting to decorate them this Christmas – but it’s become much more complicated than that. It is most certainly not my place to animadvert on the few people who consider this act to be vandalism: they are entitled to and I respect their opinion – that’s why I wrote yesterday’s blog. However, I have found it fascinating to “hear back” from so many readers whose comments range from, ” life brings enough heaviness in a day – I’m all for some moments of glee” to “some people’s worlds are much too small to be focused on this as an act of vandalism” to “party pooper” to “some people need to take a chill pill” to “ask for permission and you go, girl!”
So, I asked myself, “why such a strong response to such a simple idea?”
I think people long for simplicity and lightness in their lives. I think people are moved by small acts of kindness and creativity. I think small things can actually shine quite brightly in the midst of a busy and demanding day. Small things like a steaming cup of coffee or finding a quarter on the sidewalk or having a door opened for you – they speak loudly…they bring a smile.
Remember the WWJD movement? What would Jesus do? I never got into wearing those WWJD bracelets but it is an interesting question. If Jesus was walking on this earth and He knew of my intentions, what would He do?
I think He would see past the act and right into my heart.
I really do.