There are two popsicle sticks on the other side of this paper that was stuck somewhere in my house. Thursday and yesterday, the pipe that went from the wood stove on the lower level to the new chimney on the roof was replaced and when I got home from work Thursday, this was on the dining room table.
The first owner of this place was a couple and their 5 kids. One of their sons lives just down the street and is married and near retired himself. The others have kids of their own and don’t live too far away. I figured one of his family stashed it years ago and I should show it to him, but I also was so tired, I simply left it where it was and went to bed. Then I forgot it completely, my prayers for increased wonder also apparently forgotten too, (see Log Entry 8). He is hardly subtle with me and yet I sometimes miss everything.
The next day, Sally texted me this picture at work, “the guys found this between the floor and the ceiling. It’s some sort of treasure map written backwards and upside down. I’m geeking hardcore”
There were a lot of things growing up that seemed a mystery to me and the older I get, the more I realize there is such loving purpose in this to bring us alive.
Valentine’s Day 2011, I told myself not to be so dramatic when I wondered in a flash if it would be the only Valentine’s Day I would get with the man I had just started dating. I didn’t want to be too over the top, but I knew that I loved him and I also knew he was really sick. I decided just to go for it and shopped at several stores in Brookline MA within walking distance of where I worked at the time. I can’t remember them all but there was a bookshop, a candy shop, and the trail ended at free pizza down the block where I would show up to hang out for a little and he’d have free pizza with the crew of friends on the treasure hunt.
He was not a bookworm like me, but thankfully one of the friends on the treasure hunt got all the clues that relied heavily on the Narnia series. They were all puzzles that rhymed and not a one was easy. Regardless, they made it to the pizza and had a blast along the way. Even if it hadn’t been our only Valentines Day, even that day, I was very happy to have done that. He was very happy. Joy was everywhere.
It occurred to me that I can leave clues in this house now. Build on the tradition we didn’t even know about. I am going to start with leaving one for Sally, but instead of an earthly treasure, it’s going to be something hinting at the bigger picture. First she has to find the clue. Then she has to figure out the riddle that references a bible verse. Once she gets the verse, we’ll have to plan together the next steps in the route. We can build the map as the clues are discovered. Stay tuned.