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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