Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My kid went to a science competition and all I got was this lousy floor pic.


I'd never been to the University of Missouri - Columbia so when one of my friends suggested we go support our children in a state science competition, I immediately hollered, "In!"  We did, actually, show up to cheer on our children (as much as we could cheer from our home base in the student union) but we took the slow road and saw a few things along the way.


Visually, I'm telling this story backward, but as we were headed up to find seats for the awards ceremony, I got held up and when one friend said to the other, "Where's Patricia?" the other said, "Taking pictures of the floor."  As they are friends, they understood and waited patiently holding the "door open" button until I arrived.  It took a lot of time to lay that floor.  Seems the least that I could do to stop and appreciate it for a moment.


That was the end of the trip.  The first part of the trip included stopping at a few of antique outposts between Kansas City and Columbia.  The day was wet and cold and breezy, though Glenn's Cafe at the Hotel Frederick in Boonville was warm and dry and yummy - a welcome respite.


Another delightful surprise was the porcelain pottery by Yukari Kashihara.  Originally from Japan, she studied at MU and has a small shop and studio in her home in Rocheport, Missouri; her garden was an inspiration.   As we wandered out, wondering how in the world she ended up in Rocheport and hoping the world would find her, I was reminded that I seem to find equal inspiration in small spots as large.  If I look.

P.S.  The title is not entirely accurate.  I "got" a lot of laughter (and in trouble from our hotel room neighbor) and a terrific vintage pitcher in that blue-green color I can't get over.  And the floor pic.  Which I love.

8 comments:

Kim said...

Love the pottery. But you will now need to post a pic of the blue-green pitcher, the color sounds gorgeous.

pve design said...

You are one mad scientist, lady.
pve

Style Court said...

Congrats to the son who made it to the state level! How cool that you discovered Kashihara along the way.

Style Court said...

PS

I want to see that blue-green pitcher, too.

mary said...

Way to go, Mom!! But I do love the floor and the porcelains. Mary

Dalai Lina said...

So funny :) I hear they got 4th place - congratulations!

Shelly said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who takes pictures of floors - I took several while in Morocco a couple of weeks ago!

Lori Inman said...

Need to know the spots to go since Maggie will be at MU next year! Love the floor and its color!!