The Guardian of the Curve

The Guardian of the Curve | Creative Non-fiction Random Specific Thoughts

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“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

It stands off to a side such that it’s visible from both ends of the endless road. I pass by it at 8:45 am or so but the atmosphere it exudes and the stark, beautiful organisation of all the articles hints at the fact that it’s set up early in the morning.

And then there’s her. The guardian of the curve.

She’s a frail old woman, visibly somewhere in her seventies, always dressed in the sort of clothes that blend into the world and her hair tucked high into a bun with a dazzling smile plastered on her face. I don’t know her name, where she’s from or how long she’s been running that little roadside stall, situated just a few metres before the road curves into another street.

The shop itself is a cute old thing, its built almost tailored to fit into that little spot by the roadside. There’s an aluminium roof over it, a blue metal sheet that sparkles blindingly in the sun. On a little wooden box that stretches across half the width of the shop is where she exhibits all the treasures her shop has to offer. There are jars of candy; all sorts; white, green or blue and further down the wooden aisle, you can see clear plastic packets of clean, shiny new pencils, pens and erasers. The clear rulers; big and small are hung on the wall behind her because they’re too lanky, to look at home, among the other paraphernalia she houses. From the roof hangs a bunch of canes for the teachers, they’re made from good quality bamboo and while their main purpose is to maintain discipline, they’re bought for games and building childhood fantasies too.

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While the shop itself is a fantasy house of wonder, she’s the one who gives it a soul, painting a picture of kindness sending pangs of affirmation across all who pass her and her trusty shop. Every time I pass that shop, she’s there behind the wooden box; partially hidden by a cloth hanging from the roof and the canes; beaming at her young customers as they purchase one candy after the next.

The word around is that there’s nothing you couldn’t find in that shop. Opposite her humble store is a collective bunch of three shops that tempt people with all their pretty coloured merchandise and the availability of a printer and sports attire. But even though I don’t know any student or person on that road, I have a feeling, everyone would choose the guardian over the other three on any given day.

A few years of passing by and not talking to her or thanking her, I can see the charm she exudes. Her trusty stall provides a safe and secure space for all lost wanderers, she has the best pens and on days when schools hold finals, I see lines of children stretching along the length of their school in the background awaiting their chance to get their hands on a pen from the beloved guardian.

Without realising what she does, this woman continues to watch over those who pass by her shop and those who stop by and keep them safe. A glimpse at her little, old store seems to whisper,
Here, you’ll find your heart’s desire wrapped and ready for you. Dear, stay a moment or two, for you are welcome – always.

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Thoughtfully yours,
Introverted Thoughts aka D

The above is heavily inspired by an old shopkeeper whom I pass by daily on my school commute. Her shop is situated to the edge of a road with a school in the background. I know next to nothing about her except that she’s always there for the students, all set and ready to go by the time they’re there. She’s an absolute wonder and I’m grateful to her, for her relentless presence, at times of need.

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Hello everyone! I have been on an unintentional hiatus the past few weeks but I (think) I’m back now. I look forward to catching up on all the posts I missed. Happy Sunday!
    -D

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  2. Crandew says:

    Wonderfully written, so incredibly beautiful!

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  3. Ace says:

    Amazing writing, D!!!! I absolutely love it 🖤🤗

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  4. Diamond says:

    This was so descriptive and beautiful and aghhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I love it!

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  5. maggie says:

    “While the shop itself is a fantasy house of wonder, she’s the one who gives it a soul” ~ ahhhh I really loved this part! But it’s all so good 😍😍💕
    I enjoyed reading this so much D!! and knowing it’s inspired by a real person?? that makes it so much more beautiful 💖 and the featured image you made and stock photos you chose really brought your writing to life!

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  6. peanutbuttersandwiches_ says:

    Beautiful writeup, D!! I loved the beginning line- especially the part where you’ve used end AND endless. It actually made sense together- pretty cool, huh??
    Fab work!!

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  7. Riya Gautam says:

    Fantastic! I absolutely love this! ♥️

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  8. Aww… thank you so much!!

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  9. Thanks so much, Ace!! I’m so happy to hear that!!❤️

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  10. Ahh thank you so much, Diamond! Glad you think so!!

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  11. Aw thank you, Maggie!! 💕I agree, it feels amazing to write this about someone real! I’m so pleased to hear that!
    Yay! Thank you so much!!👏😂❤️

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  12. Thank you so much, pbs! Haha, so glad it did!💕

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  13. That’s so kind of you to say! Thank you so much, Riya!❤️

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  14. Evin🤍 says:

    I loved reading this!!! You’re soo eloquent at writing
    (Teach me your wayyyyyssss)😂💖

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  15. Riya Gautam says:

    Btw did you listen to my podcast? I am so exited to know your views on it D

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  16. D this is such a beautiful heartfelt story and I wonder if the shoekeeper knows your story is inspired by her. good to see you D. I was begining to worry about you. 💖

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  17. hgamma says:

    in the
    reason
    from all of us

    is diversity
    of our being

    with confidence
    to be a light
    for the others

    the intent
    our dark side
    do not acknowledge
    to want

    the desire
    in our hearts
    wants humility
    from illness
    Pain and
    do not bow to death

    mother Earth
    is older than us
    their children

    she has
    and doesn’t have to
    on a ray of light
    with arrogance
    the world
    wanting to improve them
    waiting for it

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  18. Rayna says:

    She sounds so sweet, and I would love to meet her.
    Beautiful writing, D 🥺

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  19. stargazer says:

    How wonderful, I can clearly see that shop for my inner eye and would love to visit! 😉

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  20. I did, Riya! I think it was both relevant and well-structured!

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  21. So happy to hear that, Evin! Aw thank you so much!! Sure – take a pencil and a blank piece of paper, think of a word and write everything that word brings to your mind😉❤️

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  22. Aw thank you so much, Cindy! I wouldn’t think so, I’ve never spoken to her😂 I’m touched by your concern, Cindy! I needed to sort a few things out. I’m back now. Looking forward to catching up on all your lovely posts!!💖

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  23. I believe she is! Haha, you and me both!
    Thank you so much, Rayna!❤️

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  24. Ahh, I’m so happy to hear that! So would I!😂 Thank you so much for reading!!

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  25. Riya Gautam says:

    Thank you D ♥️

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  26. Dear D, missed you a while. Glad to see you back! 🤗🤗
    This is a great post which has remind me of an old man’s old shop while I was in school. He was definitely like this woman, readily available for all our needs.Thank you for sharing this dear D. I wish she definitely should know about this post, she will be happy if she know that someone is inspired by her!!!

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  27. You’re most welcome D. Lol.. it was a really heartfelt story and it’s so good to see you again.
    Life happens and we have to adjust. big hugs and thanks for the catch up dearest! 💖

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  28. Diana says:

    Wonderful and so inspiring, D! Stay blessed! ❤️🤗🌻

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  29. Heartwarming story, D! All the best. Stay safe and be happy! ❤

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  30. HensBlooms says:

    Thank you for a great and thoughtfully written post! Your description of such a kind soul can but only inspire.

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  31. Aw thank you very much!!🥺❤️ I’ve just been a bit busy with school.
    Aw I’m so glad this could bring back such lovely memories!! People like them are truly a blessing! My pleasure! 🤗❤️

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  32. Aw you’re so kind!!🥺💞 I absolutely agree. My pleasure!!💕

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  33. Thank you so much 🤗❤️

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  34. Thank you very much!! You too!🤗❤️

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  35. Easy with you!
    Have a great day D! 🌷💖🌷

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  36. My pleasure! Aw that’s really kind of you to say! Thank you so much for reading!💞

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  37. Rae Longest says:

    How beautiful! This literally took my breath away, Hon. Outstanding!

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  38. Rae Longest says:

    I agree–amazing writer!

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  39. Ana says:

    I am in absolute awe of this piece!!

    ‘Beautiful’ only begins to describe it! It was heartfelt and touched me beyond words ✨
    This post is brimming with genuine…I don’t know…Love I suppose 💖

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  40. Thank you very much 🥺❤️

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  41. Aw thank you so very much!! It makes me so happy to hear that!!!

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  42. So kind of you to say so, Ana. Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback ❤️

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  43. Jehosheba says:

    Beautiful and inspiring as always, D. I love how you captured everything in this story so vividly. ❤ Thank you for sharing!

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  44. Of course! Thank you so very much for taking the time to read!!❤️

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