|A Yellow Moment - Clifton, Ireland|
I love to learn the origins of words and so it was only natural that I went seeking the source of "serendipity", one of my favorite words. My inspiration came from one of my latest book, A Mapmakers Dream by James Cowan.
In Medieval times, the island of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) was called Serendip. The word was coined by a 18th century British writer/politician Horace Walpole in 1754 in his tale, "The Three Princes of Serendip". Walpole described the princes this way...
" (they) were always making discoveries,
by accident and sagacity, of things that
they were not in quest of."
When I was walking the streets of Clifton in the Connemara region of Ireland, I was not on a quest of any sort. Truth be told, I was window shopping! This moment made me stop in my tracks. As my cousin would have said, "TGTBT!" (To good to be true!) I had but a moment to frame the photograph and then the boy wandered away but looking at it now, many years later, it still makes me smile.
It is not a deeply contemplative image by any means. No great thoughts lurking within its edges...just a wonderful, "serendipitous" convergence of shape and color. Those moments can be equally rewarding...keep your heart open to them!