Monday, October 25, 2010

Wabi Sabi and My Little Cook

Last week I visited Susan at and she had the most wonderful article on Wabi ..don't.. know.. what.. that is...well neither did I. But after I read the article I fell in love with the concept of it.

"Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature,of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent." Tadao Ando

"You won't find Wabi Sabi in Botox, glass-and-steel skyscrapers, smart phones, or the drive for relentless self-improvement. It's a beauty hidden right in front of our eyes, an aesthetic of simplicity that reveals itself only when animated through the daily work of living."

"Beauty in what's natural, flaws and all."

Isn't it Wonderful!!!

Read more at Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfection

Now on Friday morning  I entered the kitchen to encounter the most interesting find on the table. A letter addressed to me,with a pen beside it.A contract,A menu? Mmmm..

"Dear Mom,under tomorrow's date,I own the kitchen with clear service and under any circumstances about this contract,you will say it to my lawyer,hand cross.With contract problems,talk to Joshua Ryan Kerr about any means necessary .In the process,you will be paid one penny and a rare car from my collection.The dinner will include grilled cheese,your choice of drink,pretzels,and dessert.If you accept sign name on dotted lines.To yours truly.Joshua K."

"It amazes me how small a part of life is taken up by meaningful moments.Most of them are over before they start,although they cast a light on the future and make the person who originated them unforgettable" -Anna and the King

                                                           Momma's Little Man and I love you.

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by


Out on the prairie said...

Think I have experienced the idea of Wabi Sabi and not heard the idea.Something I tend to look at and explore. Would like to have a cook for the day, you are blessed with a good kid.Are those pretzels a frozen food?

kj said...

cat, how how how sweet all of this is!

your description of wabi sabi (sabi wabi?) (hee hee) is excellent and i thank you for it. what better way to live and see?

and your sweet boy. that note is priceless; how loving, how creative, how clever! he loves you....

i;m very glad to be here. thank you lori ♥

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Thank you thank you thank you for introducing me to Wabi-sabi! It's the inspiration I need right now...

I am not vain, and see the aging of my face as a beautiful part of life. Yet, there are days when things seem to be chaning so fast. A crease that wasn't there before, new crinkles around my eyes.

Now, when I look in the mirror, I shall think Wabi-sabi, and just try to celebrate the "cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind."

Hope you and your family are well!

Katy Cameron said...

WHat a cool concept, oh, and a very cool contract, hope you enjoyed :o)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thank you for the reminder (Wabi Sabi)that all need not be perfect to be good. So many times I have strayed from this idea--especially when crafting.

Joshua did a great job with his contract--those pretzels look delicious!

yoborobo said...

I love the idea of wabi-sabi (plus it is very fun to say!). I think I have been living it, and not realizing it. As for your son...OMG. That note brought tears to my eyes - and reminded me of times when my kids wrote things to me (sometimes they were legal contracts restricting who could come into their bedrooms! haha!). What a kid. Swoon. ;) xox!

dosfishes said...

I embrace Wabi Sabi, always have since I am so imperfect, thankfully, gloriously, blissfully. What a sweet kid, reminds me of my son, who used to and still does cook sweet things for me. What's better than grilled cheese and that smile anyway. xox Corrine

Sunny Lee said...

I love~ wabi-sabi idea of art...~ Thanks for sharing Cat.
Yes, we won't find wabi-sabi in mechanical things.
By the way..I love LOve your tree one so..much!!!!!!
It's an art by it-self.

Kim said...

Ok now it is letting me make a comment. Joshua's artistically written...made me almost shed a tear.

stregata said...

Wabi sabi is a wonderful concept, which I wish was better known in the world. Although there are many that think that way, without ever having heard of the term.
Your son is such a sweetheart! Bet that made for a great day!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a sweet boy! sounds like a great unforgettable meal and moment! fabulous!

Lisa said...

a heartwarming post Cat. I love the wabi sabi life makes so much sense to me. your son is a sweetie...the real moments in life that nothing can compare to...

Lisa said...

This is wonderful, wabi sabi, another view, thank you.
And blessing to your family, it the real meaning! What a memory!

my best

Lori ann said...

Oh dear Cat,
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get here. This is an absolutly gorgeous post. Your precious son, you'll never forget this and neither will he. What a blessing.

And wabi~sabi. I do know it and love it so much. I tried to apply it to the little hummingbird, i really did.

You are such a generous person, and I know you already practice ws even if you didn't know what it was.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear Cat and Kerr family,

♥ lori

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing the tenets of Wabi Sabi....I do appreciate this perspective and love the frayed and worn....
Your son looks like the master chef already! My 10 year old loves to cook as well. You'll have to hang on to his sweet handwritten contract...will be so great to pull it out when he's an adult!

Amanda said...

what a lovely concept - thank you for sharing this - i love learning about wabi - sabi -- never knew what that was but embrace it fully!

and the 'contract' from your son is absolutely priceless - a keeper!!!!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I loved the idea of Wabi-Sabi, your mixed media is beautiful.