So... I promised to tell what I was "busy about today." The morning was ordinary: I did some homework, some housework, and baked some bread. In the afternoon, Haiku and I picked her sister up from work and we headed into the city. Our city, about a half an hour drive from home, would be a town by most people's standards. By virtue of two malls, some small-scale "urban sprawl" and several "big box stores, this quaint town qualifies as a city. At least it does to those of us living in a township that doesn't even have a traffic light.
A little river skirts one side of the main downtown street. With the thermometer reading only 11 degrees F, we did not linger as long at the riverside as we would have on a warmer day. We strolled down the city streets and window shopped, popping in a boutique and a bookstore... mostly to escape the cold.
At last, having already secured our tickets when we first arrived, we entered a gorgeous refurbished theater. Crimson velvet curtains rose and we sat beneath a "starlit" ceiling and watched Slumdog Millionaire. The movie was riveting... just perfect!
When our emotional journey was over (in other words, when the movie ended) we stepped out of India and back onto the quiet streets of a small northern city. The cold air and pale skies were a shock after the color and vibrance of the film. We headed toward the car, filling the air with the excited chatter that follows a really good movie. Senryu requested that I make some homemade chai, as I did often the year we studied India (back in our old homeschooling days) and have only done occassionally in the years since.
We're back at home now, sipping our spicy chai and enjoying the warmth and comfort of home.
all photos by Haiku and Aisling, Sunday January 25, 2009