Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sixth Folder, Sixth Photo

This week has flown by, and I am a couple days behind on my promise to respond to Tori's "Sixth Folder, Sixth Photo" tag.

I love the diverse concept of community and the many ways it can be found. I hardly expected to find one when I began blogging, but even the world wide web has fallen prey. No one wants to be alone (at least not entirely, always). And while it's different from anything face-to-face, the online community has its own value, and I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful for people like Tori and Wendy who frequent my blog (as I do theirs) and others like Molly and Shauna who let us into their beautiful worlds.

So, as I said, this post is about a fun little tag I got from my fellow aspiring artist Tori. And this is how it goes: "Open the 6th picture folder on your computer, open the 6th photo and blog it. Write something about it. Then tag 6 more people to do the same."

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This is my picture. It has a little "onehungrysoul" stamp on it from way back when I was worried enough about my pictures being taken and misused that I wanted to mark them. (I still care what people do with them, I just prefer to trust that most people won't cheat me. Oh, and it's a bother to stamp every single one.)

But the more important part of this picture is the subject, of course, which is a mug of frothy, bitter matcha tea goodness, still in motion from being swirled by the whisk standing on its end in the upper right corner.

I took this some time last year while drinking tea (and probably mochi and sweet red beans) with my roommate. This roommate of mine is a dear, sweet friend who I have had the opportunity to live with for two and a half (going on three) years. She has been to my home in Washington, and I have been to hers in Japan.

I am so grateful for Meiko's friendship, for everything I've learned from her, for the food we've enjoyed together, and the laughter we've doubled over trying to contain.
Just as her mother (a.k.a. okaasan) considers me her American daughter, I've come to think of Meiko as my Japanese sister.

So, as is customary, I am tagging: Kelly, Michelle, Wendy, Anna, Sherri, and Brenna.

9 comments:

Tori said...

what a beautiful photo! the swirl of it is so perfect, i almost thought it was paint!

also, you are so lucky to be rooming with someone you get along with so well! & what a neat cultural experience that must be for you & her both.

Anna Jordan said...

Oh what a cute idea. However, I have a mac.... which means that I don't really have folders of photos... they're all in iPhoto. But I loved looking at yours!

LOVE YOU!

Kierstin said...

your post made me think of the quote on my facebook page by Audrey Hepburn....
"I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone."

Sherri said...

hola! Great post. I will post the sixth photo in my sixth folder when I am using my computer next. I am currently not using my computer, but give me a few days and I will have it up. Thanks, and beautiful picture, btw. I love that whisk.

Michelle Stiles said...

Oh, you don't know how excited I am to go home and see what is going to be in the 6th folder. Thank you so much for tagging me!

beauty and bread said...

Oh, I'm so out of blogging right now but I just got your comment.

That picture is so lovely! How do you always get such amazing photos in that apartment?

It was nice seeing you in Abilene. Good luck on all your photography and everything!

Sherri said...

I finally posted this. Thanks for tagging me.

tannaz said...

that is one gorgeous matcha photo.

Lael said...

Thank you, Tannaz! And thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love new visitors.