Painting above: Cindy Trevitt Image link
I hope this finds you as well as can be expected.
I wanted to share this beautiful painting that one of my earliest customers, Cindy Trevitt did for me recently. She is so talented! She knew me in my early days of selling chai in little 'packets' at the Farmers markets. When I had brain surgery all those years ago, Cindy came to my place .... with her cheerful presence and presents too! You just never forget somethings.
I was so moved by her gesture to help a small business like myself.
The interesting part about the original photograph is that I was in Narita, Japan a couple years ago on a layover back to Vancouver. Since I had a 10 hour layover, I went sight-seeing. In Narita, local volunteers take people like me via public transit for a tour of their city to practise their English. All I paid for was my transit and entrance fees.
My guide took me to a temple where they had a ‘warming’ room for visitors. You got offered green tea and sat by central heaters in the middle of the room. I was so cold and so happy with this gesture that warmed me inside.
"Start Somewhere, but Start"
Here is the quote from Cindy’s Instagram page.
“Meet Trudy Ann (or a reasonable facsimile 😁). She makes the best, most authentic, organic Masala Chai (https://trudyannschai.com or @trudyannschai ). She is an incredible, multilayered, lion-hearted woman who has travelled an epic journey. She is one of the many small merchants having to suffer through these challenging times. I have been invited into her kitchen with open arms and my heart goes out to her and each and every one of those small businesses struggling right now.
It is my hope, that somehow, if each of us helps a little bit, these little merchants ... our friends and neighbours ... may weather the storm. .”