August 21, 2011

SARK and Andrea and The Tail of the Yak

SARK and Andrea, at Tail of the Yak, shot with my Canon S95 point and shoot

Tail of the Yak, Berkeley, CA, shot with my Canon S95 point and shoot

twine, shot with my Canon S95 point and shoot

glitter at Tail of the Yak, Berkeley, CA, shot with my Canon S95 point and shoot

I love it when I feel transported by a place, when I feel out of time and like I am traveling the world on a great adventure. I felt like that yesterday strolling through this amazing store in Berkeley called Tail of the Yak.

SARK and I were walking, going no place in particular, when she pointed to the store. What's that place? she asked. I immediately grabbed her hand and shuttled her across the street. OH my god, I have to show you this place! They buzz you in. I always feel so lucky when they unlock the door.

I have been to this place dozens of times but I am amazed every time-- the color, the curios, the exquisite papers, the red butcher's twine, the rare birds (real life ones) and whimsical fabric puffs sitting in bowls. They have beautiful perfumes, satin ribbons and fancy glitter. They have letterpress stationery, gold leaf garlands, sealing wax and weird vintage stuffed animals. At first glance the store seems fussy until you look a bit further and you realize it is deeply artful, curious and full of magical things. God, I love this store.

And I love SARK! It's true that anything you do with her is a little adventure. In true SARK form, we passed by a boy with a clipboard raising money: "I'm trying to raise money for my school basketball team... " he droned, and I found SARK correcting him, "No! You ARE raising money for your team. You're not trying, you ARE raising money." He smiled shyly and repeated, "I AM raising money for my team."

Yesterday was a doozie of a day. Those few hours on the town were like oxygen. It reminded me that good friends, beautiful things, gorgeous places in nature... it can be just the gift we need to pull us out of the hard places. I felt rearranged.

Today was Ben's turn to have a hard day. I laid down next to him as he was falling asleep tonight and he sobbed and told me that his friend has been calling him a "chitter chatter box" every day. This was like the saddest possible thing you have ever heard. I felt so bad for him. After Matt and I coached him about what he could say next time it happened, I kissed him and told him that I know one thing for sure: That we are going to wake up tomorrow and feel so much better, that it's going to be a brand new day. I'm going to make sure of it.

Posted on August 21, 2011 03:48 PM

I took a picture of my husband and daughter on Waikiki in the sunset walking on the beach!

Posted by: Melanie L at September 1, 2011 04:23 PM

as another side note. The internet as a whole should never go down. The way it was designed by DARPA, even if top-level nodes are taken out the network will update itself with its nearest neighbors. Its actually pretty cool to learn about. Your system can be cut off from the network, but the network itself is dynamic.

Posted by: Eloy Nunnelee at September 1, 2011 01:42 PM

tail of the yak is one of my all time favorite stores. I think about it in an oddly regular way and I'm in Southern California AND I haven't been there in about 10 years.

Posted by: richele at August 29, 2011 05:06 PM

I feel transported by this post!

Thank you Andrea ((xo))

Posted by: Amy Komar at August 26, 2011 07:19 PM

I'm not sure I have told you this before, but I am happy to let the world know that having tea with you and SARK is on my mondo beyondo list! I can't wait to make that one come true!

Posted by: Sarah at August 25, 2011 07:48 AM

what a lovely shop Andrea! Sounds like a fun day - reminds me of when I was reading Harry Potter and those magical shops that would just appear down the twisting windy alleyways. Hoping you are well xxquig

Posted by: quigley at August 23, 2011 07:10 PM

I love Tail of the Yak.

Poor Ben. I remember feeling like that. I'm glad he has two great parents to help him through the funk.

Posted by: jennifer at August 23, 2011 11:29 AM

I'm not sure I could survive walking in to that shop - I think I would hyperventilate.

It's so hard when kids have problems with their friends, isn't it? I hope Ben is able to sort things out. My stepdaughter, who's 14, regularly has friend dramas and it's tough to watch her suffer over them.

Posted by: Anne-Marie at August 22, 2011 09:11 PM

Tail of the Yak sounds like the title of a storybook. Such a great name for the sort of store it sounds like.

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 22, 2011 09:06 PM

Two magical ladies in a magical place - I want video ;)

Good luck to Ben - my daughter Sophia sometimes has experiences like this in kindergarten too - and oh how we want to protect them. xo

Posted by: Stephanie Levy at August 22, 2011 08:28 PM

Oh! Tail of the Yak! I haven't heard that name in years! I LOVED that store when I lived in Rockridge!!!! Ohhhh thank you for the memories/smile. That place is magical! And I am sending lovely comforting thoughts to your boy.

Posted by: LD in PDX at August 22, 2011 08:19 PM

Aw, BLESS Ben. I shall be thinking of him tomorrow and wishing good things for him - just the good stuff and nothing to make him feel sad.

Posted by: Mel at August 22, 2011 02:13 PM

Just a bit envious. Sounds incredible. Both hanging out and the place.

So sorry to hear about Ben, he has a special place in my heart since he and my daughter Dharma share birthyear and birthday. Dharma fell out with a friend recently, it was awful and they haven't made up at all before they broke for summer... :(

(P.S. that photography business that I set up 6 months after I took Mondo Beyondo ... and because of Mondo Beyondo... has started to take off, just thought you'd like to know.)

Posted by: Mel at August 22, 2011 11:47 AM

I love that photo of you and SARK. Big smiles!

Posted by: Brian at August 22, 2011 09:52 AM

You guys are so sweet wanting to know what I told Ben to say. Just simple things like:

-It hurts my feelings when you call me that.
-Name-calling isn't okay with me.
-I don't like that. It hurts my feelings when you say that. Please stop.

Don't you wish we adults could say that kind of stuff to each other? It gets more to the point than most of the stuff that comes out of our mouths, right?


Posted by: andrea at August 22, 2011 09:46 AM

I'm with Erin...what did you coach him to say? I'm dying to know now. :-)

I think I would give a digit off my left foot for a store like that!

Posted by: Cheryl M. at August 22, 2011 09:35 AM

Hi Andrea

I have to know - what did you coach him to say?

Long-time reader, first-time commenter,

Posted by: Erin at August 22, 2011 07:44 AM

Ben is very lucky to have you.....being a parent is so difficult sometimes, but I find our children help us to see the world differently and they allow us to grow.

I'm so glad you had a fun girls' day out!

Posted by: elizabeth at August 22, 2011 06:06 AM

I love that SARK is still SARK-y outside her books, if that makes any sense. And I adore chitter-chatter're the best mom.

Posted by: nina at August 22, 2011 04:21 AM

I think a tiny little piece of my heart broke off when the other kids called Ben a "chitter chatter box". Luckily he has you guys to constantly show him that he is perfect just as he is.

Posted by: Micheline at August 22, 2011 03:57 AM

Aaawww, you are special and Ben is too.

Tell him one day when he's making pots of money for all his talking, that boy will be super jealous :)

BTW on all my reports the teachers always said, "Marcia is a good worker but she talks too much." Well, I am now a speaker - I get a little kick about how I get paid to speak!

Although am not making pots of money!

Posted by: Marcia (123 blog) at August 22, 2011 01:32 AM

you are a wonderful mama!

Posted by: Alison at August 21, 2011 08:34 PM
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