11 February 2009

Tied Trilogy


My morning was spent in a waiting room, biding my time before a lengthy appointment with one of my doctors. The room was sparsely furnished with a few green-canvas covered chairs, comfortable enough to sit on at first, however after a small time waiting, positively Spartan in feel. The cream walls were covered on the one side with various healthcare literature and the usual warnings over obesity and smoking. Contrasted to that somewhat overcrowded wall, with each message and warning fighting to be read, was a beautiful painting on the opposing wall.

The stretched canvas took centerplace on the wall, with a countryside scene lovingly depicted on its surface. The artist had evidently spent their time carefully planning each stroke of the wonderfully pieced together sky. It seemed to narrate a story of its own, most definitely related to the cottage it stood over, yet firmly independent in its travels. Indeed whilst the cottage remained, relatively unchanged day by day, the changes that occured overhead were stunning, mesmerising and yet illusive all at once.

Whilst admiring this painting, I noticed another, quite elderly gentleman in the room. He was seated leisurely with a simple navy sport coat, adorned with red silk pocket square, buttoned over his white, club-collared shirt. I noted his smartly pressed charcoal wool trousers, brown monk strap shoes and red socks.

The man smiled across at me, and told me of his grandchildren who come to visit him once a year. He tells them every year that the sky holds no distinction, that it indulges to no mans' imagined boundaries, and it is one of the few joys open to us all. However he also warns them that its beauty is not one to be chased, for there is a greater beauty to be found within the people who stand under it.

He went on to tell me that my clothing reminded him of his younger self. He happily recalled a time when he would play with colour on a daily basis, yet always coming back to what he called the 'colour trilogy'. The memory brought a sudden joy to his face, like that of an innocent child's. I was struck by how my simply choice of colour for the day had sparked such happiness.

Currently playing: Just A Friend - Mario

xxxx

57 comments:

  1. Wow. Nobody ever talks to me about the sky when I'm waiting for the doctor. What a magical experience.

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  2. oh my u nailed this one...u gonna ve to help me with shopping when i get to london. love the shawl collared cardi n red socks.....u look like a million bucks pal

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  3. aww what a sweet story and so nicely written. i love your sweater and red socks. nice detail :)

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  4. wow, who ever thought you'd recieve words of wisdom in a waiting room.

    Isnt it amazing the interesting people you come across? I had one of those encounters out of the blue on the train. Which is unlikely because you usely end up being approached by weirdos and crazy people.

    The shoes are amazing.

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  5. sounds like an actual joyful experiance in a waiting room

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  6. Wow, that is amazing. I love insight from people. In NY you are always wondering around and no one talks to you but you are surrounded by so many people. I love that story. Also, you look great as always

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  7. I thought you were holding some kind of trophy/award. Nonetheless, you deserve one, for having the utmost of style and charming personality, dear! =]

    xxxx

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  8. that is absolutely beautiful about the older gentleman. It's beautiful that simply by what you're wearing you brightened that gentleman's day.
    I dont know how old you are, but you are truly wise beyond your years.

    With that, you look positively dapper. The shoes are beautiful, as the cardigan. And your hair always looks perfect!

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  9. You are such a talented writer, DK! You should start incorporating some of these observations into a short story collection.

    Love the shoes, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. love the sweater and pop of color with the tie!!!x

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  11. Oh my, can I steal your camera and your shoes? :)

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  12. Oh how lovely and what wise words! Definitely a memorable doctors visit. That vintage camera is amazing. Does it still work?

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  13. those shoes are perfection! and your writing skills are impeccable.. such a fascinating description of sitting in the doctors office

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  14. don't you love to just listen to peoples stories? thats so lovely that he was happy just because of the colour you were wearing...

    this is lovely, so well written
    mxx

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  15. how awesome to meet your style twin from another generation. ♥

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  16. What a lovely story. Very well written.

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  17. dk, what a charming and well-written anecdote. Very lovely and dreamy, and what a compliment!

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  18. That does sound like a wonderful moment of great discussion..meaning full too. I loved your descriptions to of the waiting room. Very cool outfit too..love the tie.

    My grandfather was telling me about his wait with my grandmother at the gynocologist..of all places..some woman..his age or older discussed her divorce with him for thirty minutes. He was ever so glad to get out of the waiting room.

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  19. You're so eloquent, it's a bit of a joke. x

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  20. thanks much for commenting about Colin. Maybe he won't be tooo bad.

    Love the suit. That must have been a good conversation to have with that stranger.

    All the best on your health and creativity!

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  21. This is a genuinely wonderful story (:

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  22. honey you are such a talented writer.you look so smart honey,the red socks are such a dapper touch to this outfit.love your cardi too!
    muah x
    Marian

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  23. I love your writing I love your pictures, you're sooo talented and creative.

    The shoes with the red socks are such a great detail.

    And I like the new header :)

    xoxo

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  24. What a great story! It's so funny the way that clothing, color, anything can bring back the happiest memories.

    Reading this, I could actually picture being there - you're very talented :)
    And of course, another flawless outfit, dear!
    xo

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  25. what a sweet story, you made his day with your wardrobe. what more could one dapper gentleman want from another?
    xo s!

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  26. That man sounds wonderful. How great is it that you just struck up a conversation with him?! Also, love the tie under your cardigan. Great colors too.

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  27. everything about this is lovely :)

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  28. I really liked this post. Love that sweater, the shoes..so cool and I adore the tie. Hope you are having a good week.

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  29. we are all influenced by the old! nice cardigan you got there

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  30. love the photos.. and honestly i wish they made men shoes in smaller sizes.. i absolutely love men's shoes...!!!!!!

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  31. How lovely! I tend to think that my style choices can bring a little happiness to people around me.

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  32. love those photos, the tie looks nice, what I love most is that classic kodak

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  33. What a lovely experience! You write ever so beautiful, by the way. I love talking to older people, they often have such interesting stories to tell of their past and along with it they have great advice about life.

    I ADORE your outfit! I'm loving all of it. Those shoes are SO cool. I should get my older brother to wear shoes like that ;)...yes I love picking out clothes for boys.

    Much Love,
    Carlita

    P.S. I love your glasses :).

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  34. Lovely shoes dear and that camera looks nice!
    xxx

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  35. your style is soooo live!
    more boys need to dress like this.
    xx

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  36. That's wonderful, that such an ordinary day was turned into something wonderful just from a painting and a chat with a man in the waiting room :]

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  37. If only you took a photo of that gentleman!

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  38. Oh, I posted a comment yesterday. Somehow it's gone today. What a lovely meeting. You describe it so well! I wish these kind of meetings would occur more often. Dapper, I need your fashionable advice. I'm coming to London for the weekend and don't know what to pack. Too chilly to wear my leather jacket? I can't wait. OOoooh, and I'm really looking forward to see Elton&jacobsen show at Topshop on sunday!

    xx

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  39. aw what a lovely story..how sweet of that man to share the love..so sweet. and you are looking sharp.

    hope all is well :)

    x LM

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  40. The second to last paragraph is absolutely beautiful. He must be a very wise and insightful man.

    The outfit is amazing, as always :)

    Great post!

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  41. aw..so sweet.
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  42. You know, you should check out Advanced Style. It's my newest guilty pleasure. I think you'll really like it. :) Hope you're feeling better. Did the doctor give you lots of antibiotics? I think the world's cure for everything is vicodin.

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  43. What a wonderful story! and you write so beautifully

    C.

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  44. i enjoyed reading your story. i wish cool people like that old gentleman frequented waiting rooms more often.

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  45. I love old(er) people. They seem to have such wisdom. I love that your color choices made him so happy!

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  46. What a wonderful story, I'm not surprised that your outfit inspired him, it's Sartorialist-worthy! I love old people :)

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  47. I'm still in love with your clothes <3

    xoxo

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  48. u rock! i do like your shoes and jeans very muchhhh

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  49. the first pic is exquisite!

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  50. So elegant and neat, love it!

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  51. oh I love every shot of you. that's great. I hope you're well.

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    see ya'!
    Tiphaine

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