Unexpected Art


The Republican, docked on the counter at the Town Diner.

So there I was sipping my coffee at the counter at the Town Diner. And then a ship pulled into port, right there on the counter, docking near the creamer.

I love being surprised by art. I love that it happens a lot around Watertown. On this particular day, a man named Henry, who had placed the ship on the counter, explained that he had made it. He worked on it for years, off and on, and he had won a ribbon at the Watertown Art Show for it. It was a replica of a warship, and he told me a bit about the history of the ship. It was clear he had put his heart into this work, carefully attending to each detail.

I was thankful for this surprise encounter. All of our work can be art, really. And when we attend to it with creativity, focus, and joy, we gift the world. I went back to what I was doing — making a “to do” list for the day — holding to this task a bit more lightly, with a bit more creativity, focus, and joy.

Thanks, Henry.


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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