Bad news means: A new place to explore and … a purchase!

by Diana on June 14, 2007 · 4 comments

in Little moments, TwinWatch

With no warning, I got some bad news a couple of weeks ago. It certainly wasn’t earth-shattering or tragic news, mostly just yukky news that affects your ego. And maybe your stomach. For awhile. That kind of bad news.

I was upset, naturally. I had planned to meet up with a friend in downtown Los Angeles that night for a quick dinner before going to an event for online journalists at the LA Times building. It still sounded like fun even though I was feeling punky, so I went.

Amazingly, I didn’t hit any traffic at all and was driving through Chinatown when I realized that I was pretty early. I’ve always wanted to stroll through Chinatown and have literally never done it in the years that my husband and I have lived in the Los Angeles area.

Magically, a parking spot appeared and I knew the moment was meant to be. I took a couple of photos with my snappy new mobile phone camera and then went shopping.

The first store I went into had an array of the usual stuff you find in American Chinatowns, but I was so thrilled to be there that I perused everything carefully. Suddenly, along one wall, I saw an assortment of carved stone stamps.

When I walked over and looked closer, I saw that they were Chinese characters for people’s names and for special words. I started looking for my name but gave up because there were so many and they were arranged in no particular order (that I could determine).

Then I saw it. The stamp that made me feel better and more hopeful, all at once.

Here it is:


Or, at least that’s what the label on the stamp says (if anyone sees that I have actually bought a stamp that says I LOVE FUDGE or KITTENS ARE MY LIFE or whatever, do, please, let me know.).

I bought the gooey red ink to go with my stamp and happily went on my way to pick up the rest of my life, post-bad news.


1 Liz June 20, 2007 at 7:06 am

Ah-ha…good for you, kiddo…perhaps I should consider picking up one of those stamps, too! There’s nothing like a little retail therapy to help us through those post-bad news moments.

2 Steph June 21, 2007 at 8:03 am

I just love little treasures like that. It’s funny how something so small can brighten your day.

3 boogiemum August 13, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Hi! I found your site through blogherad network…

I love your pictures; they are some great shots. Also, wanted to let you know not to worry, your stamp’s character is really “passion.”

4 Don't Eat My Buchela! August 26, 2007 at 8:06 pm

I agree, sometimes the littlest things can lift you right up:)

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