Indira Ganesan, dawn/sunset, 2014
At three? At four? When do the summer time birds begin their strident songs, their call to territory, food, enemies? It is as if I am in a jungle full of toucans, parrots, and peacocks, but it is the call of owls, finches, cardinals, and jays outside. Just now, they have quieted, but it is a trick, for they begin again, warbling as the sun rises, as my coffee gets cold. The birds wake the cats who in turn wake me. I tell the cats it is too early for food, but they ignore my logic. They want to eat birds, I suppose, and poke me. It is hours before the Sunday Times’ arrival. In the early light, I decide to identify the tall, strong grass that has been rising steadily on the balcony. It is quack grass. Of course it is. A noisome sound, an irritant to sleep. In the end, they will win, with luck, the birds and the weeds, while insomnia will fell us. Best have another cup in the face of it.
Indira Ganesan, Can’t Touch That, 2014
(The breads above are from a local boulangerie.)
Whole Foods finally opened on the Cape, and I spent a nostalgia-filled evening there after a play in Boston. I immediately spied the familiar pineapple chunks in a tub I haven’t seen in three years, the watercress that is not yet available elsewhere nearby, the pink lady apples. Though I am partial to my local health food store, a megalith has some different stock. Gulab Jamun in a can, check. Wild yam soba, check. Cold brew coffee in a bottle, check, please. There are still details to work out, like stocking Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies( I mean, this is Whole Foods, right?) and getting the black sesame slaw right.
I found my happiness ratio sharply increasing aisle by aisle. Is something sprayed in the air? Is it that luxury food shopping makes one feel better than shopping for clothes? Is it akin to buying shoes? It is easier, certainly. I needn’t decide between this color or that, but toss an item in my basket and moved on. Cardamom-coconut water? Lime-jalepeno chips? Organic socks?
I spent my paycheck, and came back the next day for more.