January 8, 2020, Sedona-
I can remember, when I stood in front of Mona Lisa, in case and air conditioned room, in the Louvre. All manner of frenetic tourists were jockeying for position around me, not rushing me-but bickering with one another, in a variety of tongues. All this, for a few seconds per person, to take a self-portrait with the Lady of Mystery. I did not take a selfie, but was content to have her countenance recorded in my photo album of France’s premier art institution. I needed ten seconds.
I think of this, when waiting for fellow hikers or other visitors to complete their time at a an overlook or striking scene. Each of us has the same right as anyone else, to enjoy wonders great and small. No one who might be impatiently toe-tapping, while waiting for the people in front of them to be done and move on, can know just how important these small moments in the midst of grandeur might turn out to be for the seeming dawdlers.
My little family and I waited, atop Submarine Rock, at the end of Little Horse Trail, while the people in front of us, finished taking photographs, and taking in the astonishing view. This took about five minutes, and was, as often happens in my experience, followed by one of the men offering to take photos of the three of us atop the rock. My daughter-in-law then took more shots of the men, from another vantage point.
This is one way that friends are made, and everyone’s enjoyment of a wondrous tableau is enhanced. How much more pleasant would the afternoon been, for the tourists in Chez Mona Lisa, had there been a bit more camaraderie! I may be dreaming, but that is my wont.