My day started with checking on Ida-the-cat. The next stop was the ever-changing Strathcona Antiques Mall. While browsing through antique bed pans, 60s retro lamps and Depression-era glass I received a text from the lovely ShanWoww to invite me to…the Strathcona Antiques Mall! What are the odds? After waxing nostalgic for a while we headed to Block 1912, a new-to-me cafe on trendy Whyte Ave. Go for the atmosphere, not so much for the prices. Expect to pay high prices for mediocre offerings but a lovely place to sit and enjoy it.
Trying this new place I was rewarded with a surprise. Reading on a comfy couch I noticed that the coffee table holding my latte was actually a chest with a drawer. Being the nosy person that I am I opened the drawer. Apparently that is a natural reaction because this is what I found:
For at least the last 5 years people have been creating this little time capsule of poems, jokes, memories, messages and sketches. I could have spent the whole afternoon in there but I’ll save something for my next visit. It felt like I had found something sacred and secret. Every few minutes I would glance around the room – “Had anyone noticed what I was doing?” – the napkins are in a public space but felt private somehow, like I was snooping.
What would you write?