This little gift shop is not far from the Holiday Inn in Old San Jose, a hop skip and jump from the Municipal Square, a stone’s throw from the Gold and Jade Museo’s, several blocks from casinos.
In past trips, I bought from this shop on credit and shipped items to Albuquerque that were received in good shape in good time. So, this trip, I go back to talk to Deborah about their website, their ordering and shipping capabilities. I occasionally dream about starting an Albuquerque gallery with a few artists from around the world, some folk art, sea shells and ceramics, live music. It is an easy dream, like most dreams.
Browsing, I come across an authentic bow with arrows with hard wood points and bird feather quills for stability and distance. I touch woven baskets from Panama with crazy masks peering down upon me as I browse.. There are imitations of pre-Colombian pottery on shelves and carvings from the Tigua nut.
I break down and buy the bow and arrows and make arrangements to have them shipped, paid for with my credit card, amazing, by itself, that someone in a foreign country would accept credit from someone they just met and will most likely never meet again.
How the hell did those ancient hunters hit running animals in rough terrain, in questionable weather, with these questionable weapons?
Their dreams were deeper than mine, all about life, death, and Gods.
I’m going to hang the bow and arrows on one of my living room walls to remind me how easy I have it.