It’s been a misty, socked-in week. Air is moist, closets are musty. The sun and moon lie hidden, dormant.
I miss the sun and moon
It’s less a storefront and more a room, inside a house
down a quiet lane, just off a quiet lane, down another quiet lane
it’s a bit hidden,
but there’s treasure within.
I pedal slowly, down our tree-lined street. It skirts a lagoon, riddled with trash but somehow also layered with green, and life, and beauty
gotta see the good
Our shopping bike with two glass containers lining the basket makes its way down to Mr. Hoang’s.
I pass a neighbour, greens overflowing his arms, the leash to his pup straining
He barks an order to the dog
She doesn’t bark back.
I arrive just outside the metal gate, bend down and peer through the keyhole. Give a quick rap, and hear his footsteps.
He welcomes me in and we traverse the steps into his shop.
His kiosk / living room / acupuncture studio / gym is no bigger than a luxury bathroom. Posters outlining meridians affixed neatly on the wall, a couple massage tables snug up to the walls at right angles. A cold stone floor under his sandals.
Today, I’m about the nuts, but I’m curious about the acupuncture.
I could use a boost in chi
I ask after an appointment.
He takes the two glass cylinders from my bag, gently unrolls the paper sacks, and pours them in. One filled with almonds, the other cashews.
His hands are careful, measured.
I cannot treat you for acupuncture today
Are you available this week?
I explain that I’m working, daytime is difficult.
It would be best for you to come in the middle of the day
The best treatment lines up with the sun and moon.
He smiles, and I do too.
I know I’ve come to the right place.