A Sign Of Gratitude: A Writer Wednesday Post

November 27th, 2013 | Posted by Irene in Essays



Yadot Outdoors

 YA-DOT, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2013

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In a dusty dim antique shop in a semi-shuttered upstate town a jutting corner of red caught my eye. I slid out the stained wooden sign from behind the eye-sore table lamp. YAD-OT. It pleased me immensely instantly, this smooth, hand-crafted piece, even before I got what it said. And then it pleased me even more.

The old salt at the desk told me it dates from the 20’s or 30’s. He got it from a printshop on Varick in Manhattan which created signs for movie theatres. Indeed, there was another sign that said “yadrutaS stratS” but this was the one for me. After all, how often is its subject advertised?

The other day, our handyman hung it in the kitchen above our pantry door, where we can see it daily. But later, when I shut the door with some vigor the sign jumped off the wall, narrowly missing my head. “A fitting end,” I thought with a smile.

Yet I have been granted another and yet another YAD-OT, and I am full of gratitude for the gifts each brings. And I realized the sign dove off the wall so I could show it to you. May you have a Thanksgiving filled with joy and multiple signs of gratitude. And may you enjoy each and every YAD-OT.

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  • Laura Shaine

    I know where this sign was found and for the dyslexic it is easy: TODAY- and thanks to Irene for being a new friend and a good one! A find just like the sign. Happy T-Day

    • IreneOGarden

      My delight! It was coming to see your funny Vampire Comdies evening that made it possible–and thanks for your warm friendship!

  • giom

    thought it might have come from a Yiddish theater…:-) I am grateful for knowing you and John…blessings

    • IreneOGarden

      And we you! Miss you, chum!

  • Karen Beckwith

    A Thanks Giving puzzle, no less! Dear Irene and John, to whom I equate thoughtful, big-hearted observation: enjoy every bite, laugh, and moment. Today.

    • IreneOGarden

      Blessings on you and your dears today, too!

  • Scott

    YAD-OT I am celebrating a new word added to my vocabulary. If I had a press nearby, I’d print this for you: ENERI SKNAHT.

  • mark r

    okay, so I wrote this beautiful response last wed. / right after you wrote it and somehow it didn’t get posted…. hrrrmph! suffice to say grateful for you and John ! xoxoxo Mark and Thomas

    • So sorry, Mark! Not sure what happened, but your words are always warmly welcomed–

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