History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time. Terry Pratchett
When I think of the word – fray – what often comes to mind are images of the persecuted, the lonely, the frazzled, and the homeless. I know that we can see it all around us and, perhaps, in our own lives too. One thing the word reminds us to do is to count our blessings and find the good and joy in even things that could make us feel so down.
I didn’t think I could come up with suitable shots but, lo and behold, I dug deep and found a few. I hope you like them. The first shot is an Anthropologie store window dressed for the holiday season; depicting a wicked wolf tearing up the frayed curtains, trying to ruin our fun. The second one is of our family cat, next to his favorite scratching post, the right arm of one of our sofas. I caught a glimpse of Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness book behind his head and it’s perfect; I highly recommend reading Tony’s book.
“It is of course a magic carpet.”Abdullah had heard that one before … Does it welcome a man home to his tent? Does it bring peace to the hearth? Or maybe,” he said, poking the frayed edge suggestively with one toe, “it is said to never wear out?” Diana Wynne Jones
I was walking around Rockefeller Center, during the last Christmas holidays, when my eyes caught a series of remarkable displays in nearby shop windows. I took a ton of pictures of the figures in the intricately created displays and saved them. I was thrilled when I found the photos above; perfect for the assignment. While the wolf/fox(?) might be trying to wreck havoc in some fairytale, in real life, frayed items of clothing are precious in the eyes of people who have nothing but the clothes on their backs. My dear friend and fellow blogger, Nicole Melancon, shares a fantastic series of shots of children in frayed clothing in Ethiopia. They remind us to be GRATEFUL and to GIVEBACK! You must take a look and support her peace efforts.
I told Nicole that her beautiful pictures and post brought back memories of my trips home and elsewhere; it’s quite common for children to wear clothes shipped from far away countries. Often the clothes are sold in the marketplace for pennies… When feasible, some care agencies provide the clothes for free. They are appreciated and valued by the families and kids. Hope (See Gilly’s post on Hope ) is something that people hold onto in poor areas and the clothes offer a glimpse of opportunity and possibility for more. Some kids go naked when such aid is unavailable.. Both set of photos reminded me of the war in Nigeria when shiploads of clothing arrived from aid countries. Nicole also recommended an inspiring book worth reading – The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. You won’t regret checking out both Nicole’s and Gilly’s blogs, and reading Jacqueline’s book.
“Fear is a hammer, and when the people are beaten finally to the conviction that their existence hangs by a frayed thread, they will be led where they need to go.” “Which is where?” “To a responsible future in a properly managed world.” dean r. koontz
If you own a cat, you probably know cats enjoy scratching things for a slew of reasons; including claiming ownership of a spot. Our Tangy has a scratching board but rarely uses it. Instead, our sofa and one of the tops of our dining table chairs have been claimed by his forever growing claws. Yes, we trim his claws.
In the collage above, you’ll see one of him perched atop the chair that I have strategically draped with a robe and scarf. Ha! Tangy knows how to jump into the fray of things; there’s one of him in a laundry basket of washed kitchen mitts and cleaning towels. And yes, another one of him in the middle of my books and bible… What can I say, if you can’t win em, join em in the fray? Have a restful weekend and stop by to say hello again!
This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAY. This week, share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.
Positive Motivation Tip: You can stand on the sidelines of life, or jump right into the fray… Pick your poison wisely.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.