Foxglove Moments

September 28, 2013

On my desk, facing me, sits a Buddha from the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya (mid-1300s to 1767), a gift from a friend, Stephen Houser, who collects cultural artifacts. I have probably looked at it over a thousand times.

And then one day as I was writing at my desk, the late afternoon sun poured in through the window and literally cast the Buddha in a new light.

I glanced up and was stopped, transfixed as he seemed to emerge out of the shadows of the distant past.

With a shiver I realized that I was gazing into the face of someone from the 18th century.