Wednesday, September 19, 2007

the dalai lama

He lives in the Colorado house. Well, a picture of him anyway.

Between bemoaning the vileness of the renters' filth and actually cleaning it up, we stopped in for dinner at a local popular restaurant, which normally is packed with a two hour wait in season. As luck would have it, was only 1/3 full this night and we were seated at a corner table by a very friendly maitre d'. Prime real estate! The waitress came up to the paper covered table (crayons were of course provided), wrote her name upside down and facing us on the paper while simultaneously introducing herself, pouring olive oil in a dish, and describing the specials. Impressive.

Wine and food were ordered, bread was eaten and my husband began drawing his ideas for the house addition on the table paper. I'm not sure this is what the town was envisioning when they told us to draw up our ideas or not though. This drew the curiosity of not only the waitress upon her return, but of the maitre d'. In the off season, there is plenty of time to chat, and chat we did with both of them. They ultimately asked if we were local, we looked at each other, and said "we are now - we've just moved back into our house!" The host promptly said he'd be right back as he had a house warming gift for us.

A gift? Seriously? He came back and handed us a photo of the Dalai Lama. A real unframed photo, not a stock promo shot, of the Dalai Lama laughing which the maitre d' had received when he met the Dalai Lama during his most recent US visit. What an amazing gift!

That gift blesses our home and as the Dalai Lama says, "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." No wonder the maitre d' was so happy. An inspiration to us all.

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