Serendipity

Posted on September 17th, 2007 by george.
Categories: enlightenment, epiphany, food, friends, fun, future, history, life, love, music, prayer, synthesis, travel.

Fere, Farah and Sarah

If there’s one thing I’m learning about writing it’s that when inspiration strikes, you must strike back, while the iron is hot. Some of you are probably wondering after the whereabouts of that potentially controversial essay I planned to write on Thursday, the day Lazi got into a car accident that left her and her friend upside down, hanging from their seatbelts. Don’t worry, she’s ok. But you see how easy it is to get distracted? Now it’s three a.m. after a life-changing weekend and my head is full of five pages that I can’t afford to sacrifice sleep to commit to words. God forgive me, but I feel I must resort to the dreaded bullet list. Behold: as many highlights from the weekend as I can remember. Rest assured there are hundreds more my poor brain is already forgetting as the cup overfloweth.

• Working extra hours in advance to leave work early Friday for Savannah to attend Louis and Shezel’s wedding
• Picking up Sarofsky and Justin in JAX
• Seeing happiness in the eyes of the four parents of the bride and groom
• Meeting Louis’s and his father Michael’s brothers
• Meeting Cara and Rob from Orlando and learning about life at Guantanamo and the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer
• Bonding with Justin
• Bachelor party laser tag
• Gourmet brekkie at the posh hotel downtown, included with the room
• Getting half price on said posh hotel
• Meeting Brittany, the vibrant soul with light in her eyes, a lilt in her voice, spring in her step, and heart in her service, a senior in interior design and our cashier at the sandwich shop
• Hearing the words “Standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” sung by a local artist at an outdoor cafe the moment we rounded the corner to the sandwich shop
• Making it to the wedding in advance to help set up
• Enjoying the honor of reading 1 Corinthians chapter 13 during the ceremony from the microphone between the bride and groom, their silhouettes framing the faces of an audience brimming with love and support for the couple
• Reuniting with members of my local Brevard County family on the lawn
• Meeting Brenda and Nancy, kindred spirits, by the hors d’oeuvres as the sun went down on a beautiful day
• Sharing tough but enlightening conversations with Ladan and Ramzi and family
• Witnessing the impossibly beautiful blending of the cultures of two different families manifest itself on the dance floor
• Busting several moves on said dance floor before the rug-cutting was cut short
• Listening to Darrell dedicate his poem to his little brother
• Eating wedding cake in honor of Mom (it’s her favorite dessert)
• Throwing Persian “rice” at Louis and Shezel on their way to the limo
• Finishing off the last of the wedding cake
• The Saturday night misadventures of $20 covers at bowling alleys, full car sing-alongs, and visiting the beach at Tybee Island for the first time at 2am, spending hours splashing in the ocean, looking at the stars and talking about the universe
• Waking up late Sunday to bid farewell to so many wonderful new friends (including the third interior designer!) like Navid, Adeeb (my new cousin), Shawn, Mona, Nissa, Cheryl, Sarah, Jalil and Sina
• Eating leftover wedding cake before lunch
• Enjoying lunch on the sidewalk in downtown Savannah with Sarofsky, Farah, Fere and Justin
• Justin’s eagle eye spotting Brittany walking straight toward us from across the street
• Marvelling at the serendipity of meeting a complete stranger twice in two days in a major city, embracing the second time and realizing you are old friends
• Hitting the road like Juan Valdez in order to make it to St. Augustine by 7pm for the once-a-year 1905 Day at my favorite restaurant in Florida: The Columbia
• Arriving at 6:35
• Being informed that no more reservations are being taken
• Sweet-talking the hostess and getting a table for 8:45
• Stepping outside to inform the group that we need to wait two hours and can enjoy the city, the second wonderful historic Southern town to introduce Justin to in the span of two days
• Being caught by the manager just before we set out and being taken to a table right away
• Enjoying the best gourmet Spanish food this side of Spain and paying 1905 prices (Cokes were ten cents, soups fifty cents, salad a dollar, entrees $2.05)
• Paying the tab without blinking and tipping the waiter double the bill
• Enjoying the ride home with my sisters Farah and Fere accompanied by good music
• Thinking the night was over only to be introduced to five religious refugees from Iran, family of local Baha’is who arrived in the United States 10 days ago
• Welcoming them to our community, learning about their lives and their journey, sharing stories and gaining amazing insights about prayer and destiny
• Being blessed with tangible evidence of the undeniable unity of all humans in the form of five brilliant souls
• Mentioning the five sisters and noticing the five-pointed star on Mehrvash’s necklace
• Listening to Siroos translate from Persian to English, and noticing that Kazim used the word “rouhani” several times in Persian
• From what I can tell, rouhani means “spiritual”
• Rouhani is Shezel’s maiden name, bestowed upon her family in the early history of the Baha’i Faith
• Kazim had never heard of the Rouhanis until tonight
• Thanking God for the limitless divine outpourings accrued over what must be recorded as three of the most intense days of my life, three days which are a direct result of the spiritual journeys taken last weekend in Texas
• Witnessing firsthand the soul-stirring, foundation-shaking, happiness-inducing, resolve-solidifying, purpose-endowing power of the Tablet of Ahmad, the Fire Tablet, and the Tablet of Visitation of Abdu’l-Baha

9 comments.

Sholeh

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

whew. You LIVE an awful lot more than most people do…and on so little sleep. :-)

Lorenia

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

Sounds like an amazing trip. NOW SLEEP.

Artemis

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

Oh, by the way, George have you read the Bahai poet Roger White?

In response to what you said about Texas, and in honor of the great time the 5 of us had last week at my parents house in Texas, I wrote a poem. I will call it a fill in the blank poem…I don’t know if other people write fill in the blank poetry…but none the less…this is my first fill in the blank poem! When you get to the end you will be able to fill in the blank with the word. Haven’t written a poem in a long time …but hey I was inspired or maybe uninspired! Of course in honor of you, George, the title is pun!

Texas Kitchen Counter ;)

Super-powers
Internalize
Limitless
Ablution
Alloyed
Sacred
Loves
Seas
God
In
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atoosa

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

Thanks for taking us along for the roller coaster ride, G! I have never visited Savannah, but it’s on my list (ever since reading “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and meeting some awesome Savannah Baha’is). As usual, I’m living vicariously through you – though I’m sharing the sleep deprivation, and loving the spiritual journey as much as the fun.

Farah

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

GREAT weekend! Not so great picture. LOL.

Heather

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

I’ll have to come back and read this in its entirety later (what I’ve read so far is beautiful), but for now I just say: You’ve been tagged. See my blog.

Heather

Comment on September 17th, 2007.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read a post on your blog and thought to myself, “this is beautiful.” (This was most assuredly one of those times.)

I’m so glad I took the time to come back and read the post in its entirety just now. Made for the perfect bedtime story. Thank you for sharing so many of the blessings of the weekend with those of us who could not be there in person to experience them firsthand. :-)

+mojan.

Comment on September 18th, 2007.

Wow, what a weekend! I love that you recognize the preciousness in moments that others would probably overlook.

nick

Comment on September 18th, 2007.

i always find myself latching on to the small details in your epistles… which is what’s also really fun about writing. all that to say… i’ve had one of those 2am universe chatting swims on Tybee myself. fun little place. and… The Columbia is an absurdly amazingly great place where it’s really fun to have just a little too much sangria.

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