I stopped by the 'Before I die ...' kiosk outside Dan & Whit's this morning -- I can't help it, I'm drawn there every time I walk the downtown -- and I have to say, I was a little disheartened.
Two of the three chalk-holder bins had trash in them.
The chalk stubs were so small that grasping one would be a dexterity test.
And the messages on the kiosk were spare.
Now: It had just rained. It was early. And I'm sure its caretakers will tidy up and replenish the chalk bins in time.
But I was left wondering whether, after a good summer run, it might be time to relocate it. (It's on loan in Norwich; its permanent home is outside Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.)
What I like about the kiosk is the question it invites us all to ask: What matters to me, really?
The answers are always a mix of the playful, personal and occasionally inappropriate. But here are four from this morning that I appreciated:
- Finish my gosh darn bathroom.
- Enjoy Halifax.
- Be on Broadway.
- Find a gay man who truly loves me.
So: What's your dream today?