challenge accepted!

aren’t we lucky?

twisty ties“Aren’t we lucky?” he muses, during a short afternoon of cleaning.

“Lucky?” I question, covered in dust, and holding a handful of twisty ties my cats stole from who-knows-where.

“Yeah,” he explains, agreeing with himself, “since our whole life fell to pieces, we were able to rebuild it exactly how we want.  I feel sorry for people who have to just keep adding on to something that was maybe never exactly right.”

“You mean you feel sorry for people whose lives didn’t completely fall apart?” I repeat, staring at him like he has lost his ever-loving mind.

Oblivious to my stare, he agrees, “Yes.”

“But there are cracks in our life now.” I point out.

“Yeah, but only cracks.  There aren’t whole sections of our life that we hold onto for no reason anymore– just the stuff we want, and the tiny fractures that hold them all together.”

tt7gol“That sounds pretty nice, actually,” I reluctantly agree, “Our life is a pretty mosaic bowl made from the pieces of an ugly vase we inherited and broke.  And then we glued it together with glitter glue and gold and it’s awesome now!”

I throw the twisty ties all over the room, in celebration, and dance around as the cats run after them.

ek20070320wha“Don’t be ridiculous,” he says.  “Glitter glue doesn’t work.  If you want to hold something together, you have to use… I don’t know.  Super glue. Or cow poop.”

I start laughing, “Well.  Our favorite broken pieces of our former life are held together by poop.  Are we the luckiest people on earth or what?”

Sweeping now, and distracted, he grumbles, “Yeah.  That’s what I said.”


10/16 – 10/22 – Kintsukuroi

Idea by Braith an’ Lithe

Have you ever celebrated luck, in hindsight?


  1. If this is the only time your life has fallen apart — so much adventure still awaits! Life’s a roller coaster. Lots of screaming and crying and laughing and you’ve got a whole lifetime ahead of you 🙂


    1. 🙂 (Un)Fortunately, it’s not… still, this last time was the most glorious falling apart I’ve yet witnessed. A whole lifetime of more, eh… well then… I suppose… yay? 😀


  2. This is so true ! So true ! I liked this part so much: we were able to rebuild it exactly how we want! This happened to me when I met my better half! Thanks for this post!


  3. Well if poop works…..why not? 🙂 Some people would rather let things fall apart and never be picked up, resorted, and put back together if they had to use poop. That’s kind of sad when you think about it. 🙂


    1. It’s true… sometimes,it’s what you have and you make the most of it. And sometimes “making the most of it” comes out pretty awesome. 🙂 If only everyone saw that, about everything, the world would be a much shinier place. 🙂


  4. Ah, very funny and very true! I can’t count the times my life fell apart and yet…the getting up again brought something nicer…never quite gold covered poop though…envy 😉


    1. Haha, I love golden poop. It’s good luck and, once upon a time, I had several golden poop trinkets. 🙂 Just getting up makes everything feel nicer, even if it isn’t really true– there’s something about knowing that you survived that makes the world bright. Thanks for reading, Bastet. 🙂


      1. Very true about the feeling good after you’ve survived a fall…some people of course don’t but I think it’s important to get things in perspective 😉 as Sekhmet would say lol.


  5. Great post and great story to bring a message across! There always is a silver lining behind every cloud…sometimes it shows it’s self to us immediately, sometimes we need to tilt our heads a little to see it, sometimes it hides till it’s the right time to show itself and sometimes, which is the hardest because we end up not being able to understand it…and take it on trust, the sliver lining smiles and leaves us.


  6. I’ve never glued anything successfully with cow poo, but I do know that without the dark parts of life for comparison, it would be difficult to tell when you’re having the bright parts.


    1. 😀 Ha! I like how you added “successfully”, it makes me wonder what you’ve unsuccessfully tried to glue with cow poo, 😀 But you’re right– the dark lights up the light– it’s a beautiful, humbling thing. 🙂


  7. I feel like this is a conversation that could have actually happened exactly as described. 😉
    As long as it is beautiful, as long as you are happy, as long as it works – who cares what is holding it all together. 😀


    1. 🙂 Caught! Yep, it’s me and Crazy Dave. You should know it ended with him mandating my picking up of the twisty ties, haha. 😀 Thanks for reading!


  8. Just like a man sweeping while you are dancing around the room celebrating. This is a touching story. Thank you for sharing. I like the part about broken vase and new patched and glued together glittered bowl. 😉


    1. Yep, that’s Dave for you. Continuing with his task list even in the midst of an impromptu party– I guess it’s a good thing he married me. 🙂 I celebrate enough for the both of us! 😀 Thanks for reading!


  9. Dave is such an amazing soul. I know this sounds creepy, but I would love to be like the character in The Lives of Others who secretly monitors your home. The interactions between you two are priceless. Thank you for sharing. {{{hugs]}} kozo


  10. Hi Rara! I just nominated you for the brand new Imagine Award – it celebrates creativity and yours is one of the blogs I love for, among other things, its creativity and your imagination. You may or may not still do awards (I think you’ve had loads!), or wish to accept it, but in any case I’ve “bigged you up” a bit here, not that you need it –
    I really enjoyed this post, by the way!


  11. I loved this post. Light hearted, fun to read, but also very true. I know that there have been times I an ugly vase that had to be broken and reassembled into something prettier…with cow poop 🙂


  12. You may be my favorite blog of all time!! I just started really blogging about a week ago and I have become obsessed with reading other people’s blogs. You are so fun and creative. I wish I could meet you in real life 🙂



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