Sean and I became friends at a very interesting time. He had been out of work for 6 months or so and managing barely to stay in his Palo Alto apartment. I lived down the street after - well, going through a big change. Let's just say, I had to leave town under a black cloud. So, we couldn't possibly be at our best as humans.
But difficult times have a way of bringing the best out of folks. I say that Sean struggled, but only because I imagined it must be difficult to be out of work for so long. I think it ended up being 11 months or so. But, he never broke a sweat and we spent our copious non-employment-full time walking my dog and drinking coffee. I still remember our lovely Turkish coffee maker who would see me coming and make it just like I liked it - extra cardamom! Now that's community! One day we had a discussion about "arriving to a more elegant life" which involved cafe au lait bowls.
Not long after, it could have been my birthday, or it could have just been "elegant life" day, Sean brought me 2 beautiful white cafe au lait bowls, the perfect size and weight for large hands or small.
I love that he remembered my small comment in a grandiose conversation sandwiched between yoga and French philosophy, I'm sure. I love that he wanted to give me elegance, to remember to live in elegance at every turn. I love that he felt I needed and would cherish these as a testament to our friendship and to living a more elegant life.
So, without further ado, I give you:
Cafe au lait
Cafe au lait with Dog
See two little green spots floating in the black?
And Cafe au lait with Blog