I have a few favorite cafes in several cities, and I think I’ve just found another one. But it’s not an ordinary café as no human can get inside, sit down and order a drink. It was made by photographer Kristen Flagg in her own backyard, and its visitors are chipmunks, squirrels, and birds. Kristen doesn’t only serve them fruit, seeds, and nuts, but she also takes photos of her cute little customers. And she has agreed to share some of these adorable photos with DIYP.
Kristen’s tiny café is located in Norwich, Connecticut. She named it Rosie’s Café because of Norwich’s nickname: Rose City. She came up with an idea during the lockdown. The quarantine life made her feel pretty lonely and depressed. She would go outside to look for some happiness, but she couldn’t go far: you know, the lockdown and all. But she desperately needed something to cheer her up. So, she and her husband created Rosie’s Café. He built six mini picnic tables, and she added a bunch of other little details. And the new place in town was ready for customers!
Being a photographer, Kristen she started taking photos of all the adorable visitors who would drop by to her tiny café. Soon enough she began to actually look forward to every new day. She would wake up and go outside to see the new guests at the café and of course – take their photos. Kristen even named the animals, which makes the whole thing even more fun for her.
After a while, Kristen decided to hare the photos she took with the world. She thought that if these moments gave her a smile, maybe they would help others too. “Rosie’s is all about spreading smiles and kindness, especially now, in times we need it more than ever,” Kristen explains.
As you could have concluded, I absolutely love this idea and these cute photos. But I think there’s also an important message in all of it. I know that not all of us were creative during the lockdown, and many of us felt depressed, scared, and lonely. Many of us still struggle, even unrelated to the global situation. But Kristen’s project shows us that joy can be found in little and seemingly minor things. It proves that we can find fulfillment even in unexpected projects and activities. And sometimes happiness is right under our nose and in our own backyard.