Sometimes I pretend I'm a hermit and don't go out of my apartment for days, or at least out of my neighborhood. The rue des Abbesses has plenty going on, sometimes a little too much (a parade on the weekends, a spontaneous flea market near the metro, itinerant capoeira dancer-acrobats in warm weather, and now a Christmas market at the place of metro Abbesses.)
On the two block walk to the post office, besides passing the butcher, the baker and the candlestick- maker (more or less), I also notice quite a few clothing and cosmetic boutiques that have popped up in the last eight years (and actually are replacing the butcher, the baker and the candlestick-maker!)
Here is a sign in the window of a boutique that caused me to stop and take in the sentiment: "A marvelous world and full of joy." Made my day.
Back story: the boutique is Kiehl's, of Manhattan, recently installed on my street, and the poster refers to the Jeff Koons family foundation that is donating proceeds of a certain product to a charity to fight against the exploitation of children. (I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Jeff Koons, no matter what people say.)He says "It's for the artist to re-organize things, to mix things together like a new chemical composition."
May this always be so.
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