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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

It was a blank, white, drab wall when I’d left for my work trip. When I returned, it was vibrant and alive with all these colors. “Who did this?”, I asked the caretaker. “The community folks”, he said. “Who’re they?” He shrugged and gave me a look that said “You should know, you’re the one who’s been living here!”.

Well, I should. Shouldn’t I?¬† I do know my neighbors and also have quite a few friends in other blocks of this apartment complex. But do I really know this community and am I a part of it? Hmm…that depends.

I guess the key to community is a shared interest. This is the commonality that brings folks together. How long they stay together, what relationships they build is dependent upon themselves and upon the nature of the common interest..in this case coloring an empty wall with big fish :-)

But don’t you think that communities appear temporally rather than spatially! They form as circumstances demand, and when the emergency is over people go back to their semi-estranged mood. Maybe social expressions that really matter on a day-to-day basis are probably made by people who have no thought of community, like the grocer on the corner who works real hard trying to survive and may not think about it but his store is a contribution to the neighborhood.

As is also the case with our blogging world. Depending on our commitment or interest to a blog/community, we can be as established as residents or as transient as tourists. We can be super active with our dialogs and comments and blow our own horn or we can be the quiet ‘lurker’ who reads each word and sees each color and then just nods with appreciation. Either way, we contribute.

So, although I might not know each of them by their names, it is reassuring to realize that¬† I’m a part of some community from whom my posts get their ‘likes’.. and this wall gets all these colors!

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12 comments on “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

  1. monkeymuesli
    August 22, 2012

    wow, that’s so pretty! is it painted on one wall and mosaic on the other? do you know how long it took??

    • Deepali
      August 22, 2012

      Thanks. You’re so right. This wall is actually shaped like a half moon (I couldn’t get it in one shot), painted on both the edges with a tiled mosaic panel in the center. The paint work took about one week and the tiling about double that time, staggered hours. Hey, you have a lovely blog. I’m following you now :-)

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  3. The Retiring Sort
    August 24, 2012

    Nice Post – I enjoy the blogging community as well… and the mural is wonderful!

    • Deepali
      August 25, 2012

      Thanks so much for reading my post. The blogging world is so wonderful to get us all connected. I just love it :-)

  4. Northern Narratives
    August 24, 2012

    Great post. I like community art.

    • Deepali
      August 25, 2012

      Thanks a lot! Me too, it is so creative and fun and something we can always cherish as our own.

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