It’s time for this Naughty Monkey to sign off for the season and get some rest. (and believe it or not, to start planning for next year)
MonkeyShines 2018 is not over, far from it.
We learned many years ago not to put all our shines into one basket (or a single day) we spread the love out over the course of several days and sometimes weeks.
This naughty monkey often leaves shines out months after the “big event”. I also know that Ms Monkey loves to toss shines into the water, you never know when those will wash up… (sometimes years later)
You see, this is not a “competition” or a “treasure hunt”, no matter how much some people treat it as such. MonkeyShines was created by Ms and Mr Monkey and friends to be a gift of serendipity to the community, to show love to Tacoma and to bring cheer during dark times in a dark season.
One of our greatest joys is when someone finds a Monkeyshine when they aren’t expecting it; this why so many are hidden off the beaten path in obscure places and on other days than “the big drop”. Our goal is to to bring joy and love to the community.
Even greater than that, is when we see all of our monkey friends giving back themselves, creating art or finding fun things to hide for others to find, often days and weeks before and after Chinese New Year.
We see you Tacoma.
Over the years, and especially this 12-year cycle, we’ve watched the movement grow as more and more community members become rogue monkeys and monkey friends themselves.
As we are in the bushes, back alleys and shadows of the streets of Tacoma we are watching. We are watching your excitement, your joy, you and your neighbors meeting and making new friends. We see the smiles on your faces, the sense of camaraderie and community. We see you share, we see adults who desperately want a monkeyshine instead allow a young child to “find” it. We see you picking up trash, sharing the joy and reminding others to take only one.
With this final post for this year, we wish you, “Gong hei fat choy” and a happy Year of the Dog.
Our wish is that the spirit of Monkeyshines continue throughout the year; be kind, give back, love your community, make new friends.
And don’t forget to keep your eye out for treats still to be hidden this year and hidden in years past still waiting to be found.
We love you Tacoma.