If you ever get sad that you don’t have a garden of your own, remember that you have hundreds of beautiful gardens all over the city and all over the world. Try to erase the language of “want” from your head. You have everything that you need.
Thank you, Danke, Merci, Gracias, Grazie, Gratia, Efcharisto, Obrigado, Xie Xie, Arigato, Mamnoon, Tak, Köszi, Cám ơn, Khawp khun, Dakujem, Toda, Köszönöm, Mahalo, Mese
There were the roses, in the rain.
Don’t cut them, I pleaded.
They won’t last, she said.
But they’re so beautiful
where they are.
Agh, we were all beautiful once, she said,
and cut them and gave them to me
in my hand.
William Carlos Williams
And help them with their bags.
This is one of your father’s most endearing qualities.
You learn much about a city and yourself when you see its art collection. A good museum will fill your chest up until it feels as though your heart could explode.