There’s wonder to be found in everyday things, regardless of where you live. In a city setting, a view into the plate glass of a retail storefront will sometimes showcase things you didn’t even know were sold. Customers and sales staff interact and exchange smiles. The sound of traffic or passing trains provides a comforting reminder of life and continuity. Even the sharp honk of a car horn can be heard as a reminder of the beautiful, organized chaos that exists in a downtown area.
As the days get shorter, many lights come on toward the end of normal business hours, washing everything in golden light. Having recently ventured downtown for the first time in over six months, I realize that these are all things I may never again take for granted. The jewel-like headlamps of this Mercedes sparkle with what would seem like optimism and the joy of rediscovery.
Jeweler’s Row, The Loop, Chicago, Illinois.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011.