When Gracie awoke the next morning and looked in the mirror, she could still some pink glitter. She tried to wash it out of her hair last night and most of it did come out-all except one particularly stubborn area on the left side of her head. The pink glitter seemed to form a design. “Maybe”, Gracie thought to herself, “I can pin it back with a barrette so that it isn’t as noticeable”. A closer look in the mirror on her dresser showed the pink glitter to look like a question mark. It certainly WAS a question! It was several questions, actually. Where did it come from and why didn’t it wash out of her hair, with all the extra scrubbing? And, what did it mean? And mostly, why her?
It actually felt comforting when she stepped outside to go to school that morning because Plainfield was still gray and drab. Everything else seemed normal. All during school, the one thought Gracie had running through her mind was to find that street.
The barrette in her hair was starting to become uncomfortable, so Gracie decided that now she was alone, she could let her hair down, because no one would see the pink question mark.
Just then, some pink glitter fell from Gracie’s hair onto the pavement and almost instantly it began to glow, illuminating a path with more pink glitter. She followed along, turning back every so often to maintain her bearings, so she could find her way back out to the main street again. She barely looked up, except to look backwards. When the pink glitter came to an end, Gracie did look up and when she did, she saw that she was standing in front of a Yoga studio. The sign on the door said that it was closed. The big double door was of a bright pink color surrounded by a golden arch with two golden columns on either side. It was the Lakshmi School of Yoga. Painted on the door, very intricately was the image of a beautiful Indian Goddess. And, there were large pots of marigolds on either side. There was also a gold painted basket on the door, which held brochures. The brochures indicated when the classes would be held. There was one tomorrow afternoon and the cost was on a sliding scale with special prices for students. At the bottom of the brochure it said, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”.
Gracie was determined to go and hoped that she had enough money in her sock drawer. That’s where she kept it. Her sock drawer somehow seemed the safest place and she remembered having at least a couple of dollars besides her school lunch money.
Upon arriving home, Gracie called out to her mom, excitedly. Soon they were sitting together over a cup of cocoa and some cookies. Gracie told her mom all about her adventure. She also showed her the brochure. It seemed legitimate and safe, Her mom gave her a few extra dollars to pay for her class, and a note giving permission, since Gracie was under 18. When Gracie went up to look into her sock drawer she couldn’t believe her eyes. She found something very strange. Right there in the drawer was a pair of pink socks. She didn’t own a pair of pink socks. There was also a $10.00 bill with a pink question mark on it. Gracie’s excitement was beyond containing. How was she ever going to be able to concentrate on homework and sleep? Something strange, yet wonderful was happening. And, she wondered what was going to happen next………….
To be continued.
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Author, Speaker and Visionary, Acharya Sri Khadi Madama is the recipient of the Jewel of India Award, in New Delhi in 2009. You may visit her website at www.yourstrulyyogatv.com