He was walking down the street carrying an array of brightly colored nylon bristle brushes like a modern day chimney sweep.
The tall person said that he expected the man to burst into song at any moment and entertain us all with a frantic dance routine from the movie ‘Mary Poppins’. He didn’t but it was nice to imagine that.
Seeing the man who sells modern brushes reminded us that ‘progress’ marches on. Perhaps this man and his nylon bristle brushes is in the vanguard of modernity, marching into the future alongside the new roads and bridges and buildings being built throughout Georgia.
But I hope that not everything from the past, which makes up the beautiful soul of this great country, is not swept away to make room for the new.
The man who sells modern brushes walked on and so did we.
We later saw these traditional handmade brushes laid on a pile of lavender. They looked beautiful and we paused to admire them.
Behind them we saw stacks of brightly colored plastic bowls.
We both hoped that the beautiful handmade brushes that were laid on the pile of lavender did not represent a glimpse of a bonfire of the future where all beautiful, natural things are discarded and replaced by plastic and nylon and other synthetic materials.