Thanks to the day brighteners

I planned a cool start for my first day of being 52-years old — a sunrise jog with a brand new pair of shoes and some new running apparel.

But, I’m me, and I lollygagged a bit before I set off, and missed the sunrise altogether. Then a stiff wind hit me on both the out and back of my run. (How is that even possible?) My brand new running bra was both too big and too short, which, if you think about it for the one fleeting moment I’ll allow, is pretty depressing, AND the elastic stretched on my vintage sweats so I had to stop every block or two and give them a yank.

I felt crankiness encroaching and then I stumbled onto my favorite sign of spring — a sidewalk drawing of a hopscotch course. Of course, I had to play.

My mood lifted with every hop.

I jogged ahead and stumbled across another series of chalk drawings. “Draw your own paradise island,” one said.

What a world, right? With nothing more than a cheap set of chalk and a clear strip of cement, you can draw your own paradise.

Someday I hope to be the world famous curator of a virtual chalk art gallery. I love the simplicity and ephemeral nature of chalk drawings. I love the seize-the-happy-moment messages they convey and their universal appeal.

Sidewalk artists rarely sign their work. They aren’t looking for compensation or recognition. Most of them just enjoy the process of making sweet pictures under a sunny sky, even though they’ll only last until the next rain falls.

In case you’re having the kind of morning I did yesterday, I’m sharing a few pictures of the sidewalk art I’ve run across.

Hope they brighten your day.


This is the hopscotch course that changed my mood.

Draw your paradise island

And this is the message that really made my day.

Whole sidewalk

This series of chalk drawings was the last on my route. I like all of the hopeful butterflies and, if you look closely, you’ll see the pink chalk outline of a body. Classic.

Smile you are loved

I saved these next couple from last summer. You are loved!

Old Fart

This one made me laugh.

Have an awesome day and smile

Chiana Vang was here and she drew some pretty great art.

We shine together

When the sun shines, we shine together. Sweet!

Dream big

Dream big!


Posted on April 20, 2016, in Running, The people in our neighborhood, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve got a ton of chalk in my garage and a long, empty sidewalk!!! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!

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