Current resolution update for Day # 4…Alarm beeped at 4.45 am, smashed at 4.46 am, tightly shut eyes emerged from warm quilt and decided that 5 mins bonus is a given for a cold autumn day. Arm emerges and checks clock at 4.50 am, and a few more minutes of snooze were added. snores and sniffles later, arm emerges and checks clock at 5 am. one more minute of shut-eye and peep at wrist watch–it was 6.45 AM. The little clock had died at 5 am and sleepy me had lost 2 good hours of the morning! honestly, do clock batteries have to die when they are most needed?! and today, when good intentions were brimming up to the surface?!
Consider these random facts of the last evening…
- 1 long muffler in shades of saffron, 2 pairs of large socks in shades of saffron are winging their way to Moscow. They are keeping a sedate Swamiji warm through his Soviet spirituality sojourn.
- 3 pairs of small beige socks are on their way to Botswana, for a keen trekker with tiny feet.
- 2 long mufflers are moving to London for a spirited author who has finally married her long time Jamaican boyfriend.
- 4 pairs of zany, bright socks are travelling to Gauhati..presents for the 35th wedding anniversary of adored parents.
From this tiny little hill town, warmth and color and love radiate to distant people and distant lands. A small venture was started just to keep idle fingers and mind out of mischief, to get some income for a few hill women and to make things which I would love to wear or gift to loved ones.
Quietly, gradually and amazingly, these knitted things go out in the world….to places I may never go….to people I will never meet…on occasions which will not be a part of my life. Someone will wear those socks on the other side of the planet. The mufflers will be stuffed into coats and go to work, when I will be sleeping soundly at home.
And then, for the umpteenth time, I understand and savor the message shared at the end of one of my favorite movies…one can reach the furthest points of the earth from any cross-road, any village, any town. Its just a matter of taking one step at a time, of going as far as the headlights take you, one mile at a time.