Saturday, October 29, 2011
In West Cape May, New Jersey, everyone is wondering who the mystery knitter is who keeps putting colorful knit scarves on trees and poles around town. While the activity is actually illegal because it's being done on public property without permission, everyone in town rather likes the novelty of it all, even the mayor. "It's a nice diversion," says Mayor Pam Kaithern. The police have visited the local knitting shop to find out if the shopkeepers know who the mystery knitter is who keeps putting this handiwork up in the dark of night. Diane Flanegan says she doesn't know and doesn't want to know. She thinks it's just delightful.
Why is now the time for it? I'm not sure, but I know that I've recently come across evidence of starker suffering and deeper darkness in this world than normally crosses my path. Seeing these makes me feel like my own version of "giving" is trite, superficial and well frankly...fluff, at best. Some of us aren't positioned to do much about the most raw pockets of suffering in this world, and maybe we should be more sober-minded about their existence, but maybe it is still "ok" to give the gift of whimsy to a world that is less and less light hearted.